Lilac Festival backs off camera ban, question is why and WHO was asking for this ban???


Matthew Daneman

Staff writer

The Lilac Festival is backpedaling on a policy to block professional­grade cameras from the festival site. The festival this year had put language on its website that included digital SLR cameras among the more typical prohibited goods, such as dogs, skateboards, bikes, and outside food and bev­erages. That language was taken down Saturday afternoon as the festival briefly went back and forth on its policy. Eventually, officials backed off the ban and would not prohibit any­one from bringing such cameras into the festival site. Festival spokeswom­an Randi Minetor said the ban was intended for use of higher-end cameras when taking pictures of the live concerts. “We are concerned about people interested in taking photos of the bands and selling them,” Minetor said, adding that some of the bands per­forming free shows at the festival have language in their contracts prohibit­ing unauthorized com­mercial photography of them.

However, Minetor said, with the prolifera­tion of relatively decent cameras in mobile phones, “It’s impossible really to enforce that.”

Festival security will stop photography during the concerts if it appears to be for commercial pur­poses, she said.

Signs at the main en­trances to the festival mention other prohibited items, such as pets and skateboards, but not cameras.

Concert venues fre­quently have limits on photographing or record­ing the performances.

This year’s festival concert lineup includes performances by Rusted Root on Thursday, the Original Wailers on Sat­urday, and Eddie Money on Sunday.

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