Apple Inc. may soon stop you from taking photos or video of live performances. The company has been granted the rights to a patent that renders your smartphone or tablet unable to record footage under certain conditions. Over in Asia, the U.S. tech giant is once again under investigation. This time around, Apple is said to have broken some trade laws in South Korea. The Country’s Fair Trade Commision (FTC) believes that the iPhone maker negotiates unfair contracts with carriers in the region.
Apple slams live event recordings
Live performance piracy may soon get a whole lot harder. That is if Apple Inc. uses this next bit of the tech the way we suspect it will. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently given the company the rights to a camera jamming patent. Though the technology’s use has not been specified, sources suggest it would be utilized stop event goers from using the smartphones to record live performances.
The age-old request to switch off your phone before the start of an event prevents a number of things. While its offers you and others an uninterrupted experience, the main objective is usually to prevent the audience from recording the event for themselves.
Artists from musicians to painters and even comedians have a growing concern. Certain members of their audiences often take it upon themselves to capture performances and screenings on their mobile devices. This frequently takes place in movies cinemas as well, where screenings are often illegally recorded for personal consumption or redistribution.
Some might think of it as “capturing the moment”. Other might call it piracy. Regardless, in truth, it does the artist or performer, and all those who worked toward making that show a success, a great disservice. Over the years it has become a socially accepted and sometimes encouraged act, one that is also a very difficult to regulate. However, with Apple’s new patent on the scene, using your handset to take a picture or video at a concert or cinema will no longer be a concern.
Apple jamming tech could have other uses
It would essentially work via infrared. For as long as the jamming signing is on, those within its reach will not be able to use their smartphone’s camera to record anything. The technology can be applied in a lot of other scenarios. Perhaps one where sensitive information is held and not to be redistributed, for instance.
The patent reads: “In some embodiments, a transmitter can be located in areas where capturing pictures and videos is prohibited and the transmitters can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands temporarily disabling recording functions.”
Though it sounds magnificent in theory, Apple might not ever get around to actually commercializing the patent. Most technology firms file patents for tech that never gets to the public.