While these guidelines are not official and have not been approved by Craig or his management, they do cover the essentials as we understand them and we strongly recommend that they be followed by fans:
No Audio/Video Recording at Live Shows
Recording audio and/or video of Craig’s live stand up comedy performances or radio shows is a violation of federal copyright law. Even if the person recording or distributing such audio or video material does not profit directly from making the material available to the public (online, for example) it can cut directly into revenue from ticket sales, future broadcasts, DVD sales and more. In other words, if you record and/or distribute Craig’s live shows, you are taking money out of his pocket. If found in violation of copyright law, the person who recorded and/or distributed the material could face triple the actual damages caused, attorney’s fees and court costs, as well as criminal penalties up to a quarter million dollars in fines and five years in prison. We cannot be more clear about this: Do not record Craig’s live shows!
No Audio/Video Recording or Still Photographs at Television Shows
Audio/video recording and still photography are prohibited during tapings of any of the television shows on which Craig appears. The producers strictly enforce this policy because it violates copyright law and could impact their ability to profit from the broadcast of the show. If you are found violating this policy, you could face ejection from the studio, confiscation of your recording device(s) and legal action.
What about still photographs at live shows? Maybe.
Sometimes sometimes allowed during live shows (depending on the venue) are still photographs. Some venues where Craig has performed don’t allow photography for any show. For example, pictures were not allowed at the Comedy Works in Denver, there were conflicting opinions from security people in Windsor and we are told that the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa did not allow pictures. However, Craig has never seemed to mind as along as no flashes are used, and some venues such as Nashville and Carnegie Hall have allowed pictures. The bottom line: If we are ever told differently by Craig or his team, we will let you know as soon as possible… but for now, if the venue allows it, it’s our understanding that still photos taken without flashes during live shows are all right and we are happy to post them here if you would like to share them.
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