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Apple pushes towards artist’s copyrights protection

We all know Steve Jobs and his love for the music. In fact, the whole existence of iTunes in early 2000s was to curtail pirated albums and bring a platform to users to purchase albums and generate a revenue stream for artists who put their soul into the music. The latest patent US 9,380,225 titled ‘Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light’, describes transmission of infrared content about a place of interest like city guided tours, the museum tours etc.

However, it also talks about how it can disable a phone’s camera if it detects the user’s location to be inside the compound where a music concert is taking place specifically its recording feature. This will avoid sharing of illegal music recordings of the concert over the internet and hence protect the copyrights of the owners. The disabling feature will work when infrared signals will be sent to the user phone and a message displayed as ‘Recording Disabled’.


The critical thing will be not to irritate the users who may find themselves in a situation where they want to record something legally but are just unable to do it because of Apple’s interpretation of your location data. It will be interesting to see when this feature is introduced by them but this just restores the fact that how Apple is committed to the idea of Artist’s copyright protection.


  1. I don’t understand. Now we cannot even take pictures or record videos without Apple knowing. Are we controlling our smartphones or is it the other way round?

  2. I think this feature will definitely contribute in lowering the piracy rates and will also encourage original and genuine music and videos.

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