Apple Inc. has filed a patent to allow live concert filming to be banned according to a recent Sun article. This would appear to be extremely foolish from a product sales standpoint if implemented. I can only imagine frustrated iPhone users flocking to phones that don’t try to nanny them. People are fed up with the nanny State, but being nannied by a private organization is downright stupid. I can see the people developing Android operating system licking their chops over this public relations nightmare by Apple. Apple already receives plenty of flack for its app approval process.
One can only imagine how this app can be used to destroy American’s liberties. I wouldn’t be surprised if our Federal Government is already planning uses for this technology.
TSA could implement the technology in airports to prevent passengers from recording and reporting TSA abuse. We would have no after-the-fact recourse for abuses. How can we present evidence of sexual assaults, theft, and unreasonable search and seizure if we are no longer free to record them? The TSA is already trying to ban recordings as I write this.
Politicians holding townhall meetings could use the system to stop attendees from recording the event. No more YouTube exposes.