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Apple wins patent on technology to stop fans filming live gigs

Concert-goers sick of having their view ruined by a pair of hands holding up a rectangular glowing screen may be in luck. A reckoning could be upon those who love to record live music with their iPhones.

Apple has just won a patent on infrared technology that will stop fans from recording gigs and other live events on their iPhones.

Diagram from the Apple patent detailing the new technology.

The company gained approval from the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology including infrared light that would prevent filming.

According to the patent, “…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.”Diagram from the Apple patent

This is extremely pertinent to a variety of media forms. For instance, an illustration released by Apple to demonstrate how the technology could be used depicts a band on stage along with an iPhone screen that says “RECORDING DISABLED.” Another possible application would be preventing filming of newly released movies in cinemas, an issue that runs rampant in online streaming and torrenting communities.

But the recording of live events isn’t frustrating to the audience alone. It can be a detriment to musicians, who may want to play new songs without worrying that they’ll be posted up on YouTube within hours or who may just want fans to enjoy the show without any distractions.