More on classical music's image problem
'Photography, however, was not permitted. Some more taboos may need to fall.'That quote comes from yesterday's review of the Bristol Proms by Norman Lebrecht and it is one of several instances where he has challenged the ban on photography at classical concerts. It is not my purpose to either challenge or defend that ban. My purpose is to point out that the ban on photography is part of the legal protection of audio and visual image copyright which ensures that ownership of intellectual property created during a concert remains with the performers. This legal protection allows the performers to commercially exploit that audio and visual intellectual property. Such protection financially benefits not only the performers, but also others to whom the audio and video copyrights are assigned, including record companies, film makers and photographic libraries.
'Lebrecht picture library is the world's largest resource for music pictures and all the creative arts. We have access to over 5 million images from collections we represent.'That quote comes from the Lebrecht Music and Arts website which is run by Norman's wife Elbie. It is not my purpose to either challenge or defend the commercial exploitation of visual intellectual property. My purpose is to point out that the commercial viability of invaluable and perfectly legitimate resources such as the Lebrecht Music and Arts photographic library depends on the copyright protection of intellectual property - including photographs - created at classical concerts.
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When I'm performing kinetic painting live with music, people often take photos, with flash (!), not realising that their flash washes out my projected colours (they will just get an almost blank screen) and cuts into the continuous gentle flow. The whole point is that my projection, like music, is a CONTINUOUS painting, meaningless as a still and without the music. And yes, it's my copyright.