Festival streaming may be a criminal offense

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When your favorite artist takes the stage or you would like to share the festival experience, it can be tempting to share it on social media. But this may be a criminal offense.

Many sharing services have taken things a step further and made it possible for users to stream their videos directly online. But does it really make any difference to for example send an snapchatvideo and stream it directly from your Facebook profile, NRK news asks.
Legal adviser Tobias Judin in the Data Inspectorate believes the answer is yes.

– Unforeseen things can happen and this is a risk you take. If you film a person who feel indisposed or the father of young children who buy their seventh beer, it will infringe on their privacy if it is published on the internet, he said.

The Inspectorate urges people to be cautious about directly sending video from events in large crowds. If you are reported for publishing on the Internet, you are also legally responsible.
– You have to reflect on whether you are willing to take the risk and if you have a general view of the situation,  Judin emphasizes .

If you are prosecuted for copyright infringement, you may be fined or, in rare cases, imprisoned. You can also risk several types of penalties for violations of the Personal Data Act.
Last week  the Data Inspectorate criticised the newspaper iFinnmark’s planned live broadcast from the festival Midnattsrocken i Lakselv and thought people should be able to participate without ending up on film.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today