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article imageOp-Ed: Tinie Tempah slams Apple's plans to prevent filming at concerts

By Christopher Bates     Jun 20, 2011 in Technology
Following last week’s announcement that Apple is developing software to prevent fans from filming live music concerts, British rapper Tinie Tempah has jumped to the defense of fans.
Apple applied to patent the idea on June 2, although it’s yet to be approved. If plans go ahead, the system will detect infrared lighting, before disabling all camera applications on iPods, iPhones and iPads.
In an interview with the BBC, Tempah said: “Just move with the times, stop trying to block people from doings things. It all works.” He added, it’s "the biggest form of promo".
A number of artists have slammed the idea, although Kaiser Chiefs member, Ricky Wilson, doesn't quite understand the logic of filming a live concert. "It's not really enjoying the moment is it? Personally I wouldn't even take a phone to a gig, because I'd want to throw myself around too much. You can't really crowd surf with an iPad."
If it wasn't already clear, Anna Leach, reporter on gadget website Shiny Shiny, summed it up in a nutshell. She said: "They don't want you recording music on your phone that you could buy off them on their iTunes stores."
However, in all honesty, who would listen to a personally recorded video over a professional copy? Your time would be spent distinguishing the artist from screaming fans. Not really easy listening, is it? Perhaps Apple has gone slightly overboard on this one.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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