Apple patents concert camera blocker

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  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Thank goodness. I always thought it was stupid how people spend entire concerts watching the band through their iPhone's camera. Do they even watch the videos after recording? Given how clippy the audio is and how shaky the video is on all my ad-hoc concert films ends up being, I doubt it.
  3. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    There's already an app that can bypass the Smartphone Infra-red Camera Blocker:

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  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I think the solution is even simpler, use an Android device.
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  5. Corey Y

    Corey Y Guest

    Jun 3, 2010
    So they're patenting another means (and presumably, eventually equipment or a license to manufacture it) by which to remotely access their phones operating system and hardware. I'm sure that will never backfire or be used for any unintended purposes.
  6. Why do they allow it now days? Remember when you had to sneak that recorder in and hide the fact that you were recording a performance.
    I want the venues to announce, "No video recording of this show" like they use to.
    And if people start recording announce, "Put your arms down so others can see behind you, you a**holes".
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  7. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    This could also be used by any organization that wished to block anyone from recording anything, anywhere.

    The imagination reels.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yep. We don't watch or experience anything live anymore. We watch it later on our phones. This is a comparison of the unveiling of the new Popes in 2005 and 2013. Most of the people in 2013 never saw anything live as it happened. They simply looked back at pics and videos of it later. I take a few snapshots at important events but then I try to put my phone away and live in the moment. Maybe if cameras were blocked it would help us go back to doing that again. If nothing else they could briefly turn off the blocker for about a minute at a pre determined point to allow everyone to snap a few pics and then get back to business.
  9. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Hopefully they never actually implement this. If they do, every police will have an IR flasher built into their uniform to stop citizens from filming. Hell, I'll carry my own IR flasher just so that strangers can't film me. The entire country of North Korea will have IR flashers at every corner so that nothing can ever be filmed by citizens.
  10. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    Again, the imagination reels...
  11. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    More evidence that you don't actually own your iPhone. You just pay Apple for the right to use it.
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  12. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It's either that, use an operating system created by the world's largest and most profitable advertising company, or be stuck in the first four years of the 21st century. Poison everywhere, but at least you get to pick your preference!

    If it's any consolation, Apple has a long and storied history of patenting things and never implementing them.
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  13. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    It feels like we have a choice, or does it?
  14. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I like my iPhone and don't film concerts. I deeply and truly don't care about this news. I suppose I'm a corporate stooge, maaaaaaaan.
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  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    As the consumer, you have the ultimate control. Just don't buy an iPhone.
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  16. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    It's still a choice between least-bad options, as far as choice goes.
  17. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    How so?
  18. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    If you choose a smart phone, you have 3 major flavors, each of which controls a significant part of what you can or cannot do with "your" phone.

    If you choose not to have a smart phone, you give up the access and capabilities that a smart phone provides.

    If you choose not to have a phone, you give up the convenience of having a phone wherever you go.

    To me, all of these options are flawed.
  19. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    It never really bothers me, when performing, if people are taking pictures, video, or audio of our shows. Generally, those photos end up on Facebook, twitter, instagram and what not, and really are free publicity. The content our photograhers/sound guys make are what end up on our offical pages.

    When I'm at a venue and the phones come out, it still doesn't really bother me. I can find a place where I can still see and hear just fine. Sometimes, I even have my dSLR with me and am using that for photos.

    If people want to live life through a lens, so be it. They're not any less "in the moment" than those who aren't. Photographers have been doing exactly that for ages. And, these people have something personal they can use for later reflection, too. "I saw this, and I took this photo / video. I was there."

    If anything, I'm betting movie theatres would buy into this more than concert venues.
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  20. Michael B

    Michael B

    Dec 16, 2015
    Lowell, MA
    Every tech solution to protect copyright is always bad for ordinary users. And I don't mean pirates.
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