by Bart Arondson

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Many public events such as sports, concerts, etc have restrictive policies that limit the ability of the audience to take photographs. These policies can vary from an outright ban to a ban on the use of 'professional' equipment. See also this discussion.

So my question is this: what gives the organising companies the right to enforce photographic restrictions on, what is after all, visible to a public audience?

Now I can understand their rights to make restrictions in purely private, by invitation only, events. But when any member of the public can choose to attend do the organisers still have rights to dictate the behaviour of members of the public?

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You're entering into a contract - you agree to follow their rules, and they agree to let you into the concert. Any event that requires a ticket or is held on private property isn't truly a "public" event, and the property holders or event organizers can set their own rules.

It's much like this website. Yes, you may use this website for free, and it's publicly accessible, but it does have a legally binding contract that you agreed to when you made an account.


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Conversely, a completely "free" and open to the public concert (such as those sometimes held in Central Park, NYC) probably couldn't impose these sorts of restrictions. –  Craig Walker Mar 17 '11 at 13:20
Yeah, I would think as long as they're not restricting who can enter it would be much like the rules of any other street/public photography. –  Vian Esterhuizen Jan 9 '12 at 18:28

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