Freedom Not So Free at PdF2008?

In an interesting side story of the PdF2008 conference, it turns out that the conference actually had to pay Jazz at Lincoln Center for the rights to record, tape, and distribute the content of the conference.  Jazz at Lincoln Center retains the copyright to all "performances" in their facility.  So to get your hands on it, you have to cough up the money. Very ironic for a conference about free, open distribution of information to the masses.

As a result, you have to show a hard press ID in order to record anything.  And you better believe that the ushers are hardcore about enforcing the rules.  They seem to love:

- Keeping you from jumping over the rows in front of you or behind you. - Putting your feet on anything - Bringing bottles of water in the room - Blocking rows with computer bags or power cords

Funny but sad at the same time.