NBC: audience recording

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Tue Oct 23 09:50:19 EDT 2007

Since I've been recording some shows lately, some thoughts on the subject have been passing through my tiny brain. I always ask if I can record audio and video since I want to respect the artist's wishes (all have agreed so far) but I have to wonder if an artist's ban on recording is worth while. Both audio and video recorders have gotten both better and smaller. Its very easy to sneak in a recording device to many shows that forbid them. Just the amount of audience recordings that show up on YouTube is a clue to how prevalent these devices are. After all, even a small digital camera can shoot video with passable audio. If you ban audio and video recording, do you ban digital cameras as well? So, is it worth it to fighting the rising tide? I can see forbidding people from setting up recording gear in a way that interferes with the show such as getting on stage or setting up bright lights for video but to ban recording all together seems like a wasted effort. 

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