Apple wins patent on technology to stop fans filming gigs


We recently wrote about how some celebrities and artists are prohibiting the usage of cell phones during their concerts, in the name of encouraging people to enjoy the experience of the live show. It has subsequently been announced that Apple has won approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that could be used to prevent fans filming or taking photos of gigs on their iPhones. 

The patent, titled “systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light”, outlines how infrared light could be used to prevent filming: “For example, an infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device’s recording function based on the command.”

Filming of concerts is not just an annoyance to musicians – many of whom ask their fans to put their devices away at concerts – but also a problem for artists who want to play unreleased songs live, but have to deal with the prospect of those songs popping up on YouTube long before the official release. 

What about you? Do you film parts of live shows or prefer to listen to the music, without any annoying devices obstructing your view? Do you believe this system could help people enjoy the moment of the concert or are artists being over-protective of their content?

(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog)
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