This is great. I hope that the venues on the tour get the word and I hope that it starts a trend in the business.

In an effort to allow you to document your experience at the upcoming NIN/JA performances, we will be relaxing our photo/video policy (5/7/09 – 6/12/09 only). Fans will be permitted to bring in their personal cameras, video and audio recorders. This is not not an open door policy for any and all recording devices. Please try to use common sense as we are trying to ensure this experience is great for everyone attending. Don’t show up with a television crew and a recording studio.

To be clear: this applies only to the North American NIN/JA tour.

Examples:

I have a nice SLR camera and lens and I want to shoot photos. YES.

I have a high-quality camcorder and want to record video / audio. YES.

I have a shoulder-mounted broadcast-quality video camera and want to shoot the show. NO.

I have a flash-based audio recorder with a stereo hand-held mic and want to record the show. YES.

I have a full Pro-Tools rig running off a generator and want to record the show. NO.

I don’t have any recording devices but I’d kind of like to make out with Ilan. NO (probably).

The following guidelines will be enforced.

– Photo and video access is granted only for non-commercial private use.

– Photo and video access is limited to areas permitted by type of ticket held.

– NO access to barricade/photo pit.

– NO shoulder mounted video equipment allowed, all cameras must be hand held.

– NO equipment with a dimension longer than 20 inches (including cameras, lenses, etc.)

– NO equipment bags that violate existing venue bag policies (check with venue)

– NO external supports (tripods, monopods, steadicam mounts, mic stands, etc.)

– NO video or audio broadcast equipment (microwave, RF, etc.)

– NO external power equipment

– NO lighting equipment (mounted or secondary)

WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT AT HOME.

If you plan to take advantage of this relaxed policy, we recommend that you

do the following…

– Carefully review your equipment to ensure it meets these specs.

– Arrive early for possible security delays.

– If your equipment is so expensive and/or fragile that you’d freak out if something happened to it, leave it behind, we’re not responsible.

– Do not interfere with anyone else’s enjoyment of the show or create a hazard.

We will do our best to make sure venue security staff is aware of our camera policy. However, there are always going to be cases where local security misunderstands and attempts to enforce a stricter camera policy. This is unfortunately one of the hazards of attempting to be considerably more open about recording than most of the concert industry. If a security guard hassles you for equipment that is allowed under our guidelines, please ask him to speak with NIN security about the matter and we will do our best to resolve it.

Audio and video recorded at NIN/JA shows is for personal use only, and cannot under any circumstances be sold or used for profit in any way.

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