Taking A Picture Of A Band Violates Their Rights?

from the what-law-does-that-break? dept

Well here's a story that combines the insanity over camera phones with the insanity over intellectual property. First pointed out by Tim Wu who found people being turned away at an RIAA sponsored concert at the DNC, apparently many clubs are now banning camera phones in the clubs because the bands are afraid their images will end up on eBay and they won't get any cash for it. Seriously. Apparently, we've reached such a level of greed that all common sense has gone out the window.
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    Vice, 5 Aug 2004 @ 9:29am

    Re: Non-story

    It seems like simply another case of people imposing whatever rules and restrictions they CAN inorder to have some kind of (even if its a silly kind of) control over a situation. I've gon to concerts where they've banned flash photography or recording the performance but they were reasonable. they didnt make me leave my camera at the door or anything. in today's world "banning" things is becoming an increasingly popular 'solution' but it usualy solves very little. I'm sure if they thought they could, they'd ban you sitting on the grass simply because you didnt buy a ticket for one of the seats you'd be virtually stealing money straight from their pockets!

    I'd blame the artists though in this case; they need to stand up and take control over their own performances. If they have no problem with cameras, they need to object to the rule. If they have a problem with the RIAA, they need to voice it publicly. For so many musicians, being umbrella'd by the RIAA is like being in a club they dont want to.

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