Copyrights 'n' Such
But I’m a technology analyst, and I never was a Seinfeld fan. I just didn’t get the show. I think Mr. Seinfeld himself once described it as a “show about nothing”. He was certainly right on there. (Note to editor: I’m now returning to the topic at hand.) But ignoring the poor quality of both the video and the performance, there’s more at work here.
Making such videos with one’s cell phone is likely illegal. Every event I’ve attended in recent years (yes, I do get out on occasion) had signs posted about “no photography”, and this warning is occasionally printed on the back of the tickets themselves. Copyright to the performance most certainly does not rest with those who pay to see it.
I’m pretty sure that the person who made the video noted above won’t be prosecuted, but I bet you someone will be over the next few years. As with the illegal copying of music and movies, this is an area we’ll be hearing much more about.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung