Apple's "Censoring" Patent Just a Sign of Things to Come
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 26/06/2011 22:25
Apple has been much maligned in the press recently for filing a patent application covering a camera system with infrared technology that could, among other things, allow the recording functionality to be shut off by a third party. For example, in its application, Apple shows how the technology could be used to "prevent illegal image capturing" at a rock concert.
To us, this sounds like a familiar story: one where the content industry pressures technology companies -- or, Congress -- to limit fans' ability to access and share their content, even when that sharing is perfectly legal. As we've said before, it's a real shame when the promise of innovation is stifled by Hollywood's demands.
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