A patent has recently been granted to Apple for new technology that allows iPhones to have their cameras disabled via infrared sensors. The action has been taken in an effort to stop concert goers taking photos and videos. Although some people are in favour of curbing the use of phones at concerts, the general consensus is that it is a heavy-handed approach and even that it is breach of the public’s rights. There is plenty of antisocial behaviour at concerts of which use of phones is one of least irritating. There are also fears about the possible misuse of the new technology as a form of censorship, such as during protests.
The British Board of Film Classification has introduced a scheme which applies film style age certificates to music videos in an effort to protect young children from inappropriate content. British acts signed to Sony, Universal and Warners will now have age certificates displayed on their YouTube videos. However, this only applies to British artists and the vast majority of inappropriate music videos originate from the US. The ratings are hidden away in the videos’ information, which raises the question of why introduce them if they aren’t going to be in plain sight? It seems like another fruitless effort to try and police the internet which strikes me as a waste of time and money.