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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    Jeremiah, 6 Aug 2004 @ 2:58pm

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    Speaking as a musical artist, I don't understand the prohibition on cameras at otherwise public performances. People who own and use cameras enjoy the opportunity to document exciting and unqiue moments in thier lives, and a live concert certainly seems to fit that description.

    There are already laws on the books forbidding unauthorized commercial use of a person's likeness, etc, so I could still concievably sue someone if they were to take pictures of my show and then sell a coffee-table book.

    For an emerging artist (again, such as myself), I see nothing but benefit from having people take pictures and presumably post them online.

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