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[News] Burning Man Uses Restrictions for Privacy, It Argues

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âSnatching Digital Rightsâ or Protecting Our Culture? Burning Man and the EFF

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| Burning Man deeply respects the efforts of the EFF, and frankly, would 
| ourselves like to embrace their opinion - but we donât think the issue is as 
| simple as Corynne McSherry would have you believe. Just like the EFF, we 
| honestly seek to think outside old paradigms and boxes of âcreative propertyâ 
| in the digital age, but we view Black Rock City through a more complicated 
| lens, and our view of issues facing creative ownership is not rendered in 
| extremes of black and white. To us, the rights of the individual participant 
| to privacy while in Black Rock City in this unique environment for free 
| expression â and our philosophical desire to maintain it out of reach of 
| those who would exploit that expression just to sell cars or soft drinks â 
| happens to come first.          
| In fact, there are but two essential reasons we maintain these increased 
| controls on behalf of our community: to protect our participants so that 
| images that violate their privacy are not displayed, and to prevent companies 
| from using Burning Man to sell products.   



Snatching Rights On the Playa

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| The BMOâs motives here may be more laudable than those of the paranoid
| doctors. But the collateral damage to our free speech is unacceptable. Using
| take-it-or-leave-it fine print to assert veto rights over online expression
| is no way to promote a âsociety that connects each individual to his or her
| creative powers.â Burning Man strives to celebrate our individuality,
| creativity and free spirit. Unfortunately, the fine print on the tickets
| doesnât live up to that aspiration.

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