"No photography permitted"

Started Oct 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Elite83 Contributing Member • Posts: 929
"No photography permitted"

I attended a concert tonight, and completely missed a sign that said "No photography or video recording permitted." In the crazy mob shoving to get in, the little paper sign was not even visible. Anyway, halfway through the concert a guy told me to put my camera away, photos are not permitted. I was polite and admitted I had not seen the sign and put my little old NEX 5 away.

I understand the reasoning completely. Some artists aren't comfortable with having pictures taken, or venues have copyright policies they have to adhere to. Even more so for video, recording the thing (with audio, obviously) is direct copyright violation of the music.

Now for the good part.

For reference, I was in the front row (standing room).

Right next to me, there were three people with iPhones, very clearly holding out their iPhones recording whole concert and no one said anything--at all.

This makes me sick.

Cell phone cameras are so high quality these days that they easily replace most point and shoots.

But the fact that these people are so blatantly recording the show... which if you ask me is "worse" than just snapping some pictures... and they got away with it. That is beyond me.

Point is, as cell phones catch up with cameras (think Nokia Lumia) how are these "old fashioned" rules going to hold up? Or will they just stay grossly unbalanced like they currently are--penalizing camera users?

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