Comic-Con might be updating its policies as new technology evolves, but that doesn’t mean that attendees will pay attention.
Despite a rule against live streaming panels or events at the convention, the use of Periscope remains widespread at this year’s show, with entire panels — including this morning’s Bill Murray appearance at the Rock the Kasbah presentation — being streamed live online with seemingly little problem.
The contradiction can be explained away with the idea that, simply, it’s too difficult for convention workers to know when someone within the sizable halls are broadcasting from their phones, as opposed to shooting video or taking photos — both of which are permitted, as long as recording isn’t made of footage shown on screens.
But there’s also a certain level of confusion amongst con workers, with a number of those spoken to by The Hollywood Reporter unsure whether the use of Periscope or other live streaming platforms was permitted when it came to non-copyrighted material.
It is; the show’s official policy states clearly that “the usage of live streaming apps and software on any electronic device (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) is not allowed in any onsite or offsite official Comic-Con Program and Event rooms,” and a slide appearing onscreen in advance of panels clarifies, “Please… absolutely NO live streaming of any kind during the panels in this room.”
This ease of streaming was a problem that Comic-Con International had hoped to curb this year, with the event banning Google Glass during the screening of footage in an update to its show policies last month. Apparently, the problem might not have been the relatively rare Google Glass, but a much easier to access app.
Consider it a sign that Comic-Con should look into officially live-streaming its content sooner rather than later.