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3 Reasons Why Apple Should Not Disable iPhone Cameras At Concerts

By  July 7, 2016

In this modern era of Snapchat and Instagram, and the constant sharing of videos, the thought of disabling phone cameras at concerts would seem ridiculous and a totally backward idea – but not for Apple.

Apple has been recently awarded the right to disable iPhone cameras at concerts. The awarded patent indicates, “An infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”

Though it might sound rather appealing to music labels and artists who want to stop online distribution of copyrighted music, fans have been eagerly opposing the idea. Don’t worry, we stand with music fans of course, and with this we’ve come up with 3 reasons why Apple shouldn’t disable iPhone Cameras at concerts:

 

1.     Free Will: People paid good money to watch the concert. Hence, they can do whatever they want.

Unless you’re not one of those people who film the whole show and obstruct viewers behind, then there’s nothing wrong with using your phone cameras. You've paid a good amount of money to watch the concert, it’s pretty absurd to deprive you of recording at least your favorite song.

 

2.     Online sharing is a move done for fans that can’t afford to attend shows – why stop them from appreciating the show even on the Internet?

Posting post-gig videos or pictures has become it’s own culture, so why stop these fans from engaging in free labor? Yeah, sharing content is actually free marketing for the artists themselves, in my opinion – Fans post videos online. Their friends get curious. They google the artist. They end up listening to the artists and possibly become new fans. It’s not like majority of music fans actually earn profit from online sharing.

 

3.     Most gig-goers like to look back at their concert experience, making such videos a nostalgic souvenir of the show

Live in the moment, they say. Stop looking at your screens, they say.

As mentioned eariler, unless you’re not planning to record the whole show, then I guess there is no need to completely ban the audience from filming a part of their favorite song for memory’s sake. Especially when the video was taken from your point of view. We all do a bit of reminiscing, don’t we?

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