Apple to prevent iPhones from filming live bands

Apple are planning to prevent people record band’s live with their iPhones.

Details of a patent filed by the tech firm 18 months ago show that Apple is developing software that would be able to detect when iPhone users are filming live footage and to disable the recording function.

Is this for the benefit of the band’s or has Apple got some new way of selling music up it’s sleeve?

According to the patent, which was uncovered by the website Patentlyapple earlier this month, the software uses infrared technology to trigger transmitters installed at venues which would inform it if filming is forbidden. The camera feature on the phone would then be temporarily disabled but other functions, such as making calls or sending text messages, would still operate as normal.

Alternatively, a device featuring the software could possibly apply a watermark to images as an alternative to completely restricting filming in establishments such as art galleries, Patentlyapple said.

Although consumers are unlikely to welcome such restrictive technology, it is possible the software could have benefits, such as offering additional information on exhibits to museum visitors using their mobile phone cameras.

The patent also indicates that retailers could gain from the technology by using it to inform consumers of item details such as discounts, availability and price.

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  1. Whoa, sounds REAL Big Brother stuff, and surely a precursor to something else ‘financially draining’, although having said that, potentially not having to watch a gig through a sea of raised arms is possibly the best news I’ve heard all week…

  2. We have a few bands who practice with us who use the filming and recording on their iPhones to capture the rehearsal and to see how they can improve. This is a bad iDea.

  3. I think this is stupid. I film my boyfriends band with my iPhone and put it on YouTube so the fans can see the band play and generate more interest. I can’t see that it is hurting anyone. It’s not like we are selling them and I have seen some great songs from Banda on YouTube that I would never of seen if it wasn’t for people filming it. It is just another way to control us

  4. Oh my Good God. Star Trek’s coming true. iBorg, we’re being assimilated!
    But, seriously what’s more (or less), who are iPeople to sanction what we can or can’t do? Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, I really do. I pray to the (new) Lord of Shazam, but now I feel, if this article is a peek into the iFuture, I may need to renounce my new found iPhone steps in order to regain my previous ‘it’s my life and I’ll play it how I want to’ little trot.

    iPhone- love it.
    iTellyouwhatyoucanorcan’tdo. erm, I don’t think so.

    And, anyway as it goes, I don’t film bands live, but if iPhone are telling me that I can’t, well! I just want to now! iRebel, come on!!!!! Borg me!!!

  5. The article says filming will be stopped if filming that particular band is not allowed. Maybe the bands record company/management has to pay Apple for the service. I’ve often wondered why my camera gets confiscated on the door when most phones have better cameras.

  6. Dunno why anyone would want to bother with Apple when there are plenty of Android/Linux Open Source alternatives out there. I would always keep away from Apple/Micro$oft/Blackberry etc with their closed source proprietary operating systems, Open Source is where it’s at and nobody would try and pull shit like this.


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