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Confession of a wild recording felon

Subject: Confession of a wild recording felon
From: "Bernie Krause" bigchirp1
Date: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:24 pm ((PST))
This is going to turn me into a libertarian. I confess: I've been
recording natural soundscapes in US national parks, regional and
local parks, wildlife reserves, BLM sites, marine sanctuary, and
USFWS sites, without (and sometimes with) permits for 40 years. I've
been busted twice (the authorities so far have resorted to a stern
warning and a ticket for something in the area of $40 bucks), and
I've thus mortally sinned beyond words capturing those special
voices for posterity. I don't know if there's an acoustic hell in the
afterlife, but I'm probably bound to suffer
interminable stretches of bird-boarding (strapped to a board and
forced to listen to extinct bird sounds while the federal agencies
put on trial an entire population for daring to listen to what's
left) until I spill the beans on the real insidious purpose of my

Like I said before, if we can gather up large enough numbers, we
might all plan to meet as wildlife amateurs at the entrance of a
national park early one morning, march to a site oh so quietly, set
up our equipment (in view of as many cameras or cell phones as we can
sneak by the authorities so that we can post the result on YouTube)
and go for it. Then, move onto another park or site and do the same
thing. I don't expect the current authorities to understand shame
because, obviously, they have none. But perhaps there is still a
vestige of ignominy left in the culture...enough so that our
righteous act of disobedience will make an impression and difference.

Bernie Krause

On Dec 13, 2007, at 12:04 PM, Volker Widmann wrote:

> Does anybody think that the new regulations would also affect us
> ordinary amateurs with professional looking gear.
> How do you prove that the material you record never will be used
> commercially.
> I once got stopped at Crystal Cove State Park (near Laguna Beach)
> doing
> some video and sound.
> I assured the ranger that I was doing this for mere hobby reasons and
> everything was fine.
> Would I now have to prove that I am not a professional?
> Weird times....
> Volker
> J. Young schrieb:
> > I found this article relating to photography in U.S. parks.
> Though it
> > is not audio recording relevant I can see that the same rights
> could be
> > affected.
> >
> > <>
> >
> > Enjoy!
> > J.
> >
> >

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