PHISH AUDIO RECORDING POLICY – UPDATED SEPTEMBER 13, 2023
This policy applies to Phish and the individual band members with exceptions such as certain guest appearances and multi-band events which may be governed by separate policies. Audience taping is permitted at all shows. All taping is audio only with microphones only (no soundboard patches, no video) in the taping section. At most shows, a designated taper’s ticket is required to bring recording gear into the show. The bearer of a taper’s ticket is permitted to bring ONE audio recording device and ONE microphone stand/set of microphones into the venue. No video devices are ever allowed. The enjoyment of the audience at a show takes precedence over recording efforts – tapers should not require others to be quiet or otherwise interfere with their enjoyment of the show.
General Admission/Reserved/Mixed Shows
To record a show that is entirely general admission, a taper’s ticket is not required. Entry to the taping section at general admission shows is first-come first-serve on a space-available basis. In an amphitheater with a reserved pavilion and general admission lawn, the taping section is usually located behind the mix position in the pavilion and a taper’s ticket is required. In an arena or theater with a general admission floor and reserved stands or balcony, a general admission floor ticket is required. If there is reserved seating on the floor, a taper’s ticket is required. Tapers’ tickets are marked on their face with the text “taper.” Tapers’ tickets are usually sold only by Phish Ticketing (formerly Phish Tickets-by-Mail); they are not available from other outlets unless we specifically announce otherwise. Anyone found taping in violation of the above policy will be removed from the venue and unauthorized recordings will be confiscated.
Broadcast/Webcast of Live Phish Recordings
Broadcast of unreleased Phish recordings via: radio, online or any other means is permissible only if the broadcaster is duly licensed and if all their activities conform to all the guidelines set forth in this policy. Please note that you must not infringe upon trademarks such as the name of the band.
Recording Duplication Policy
Audience taping at Phish concerts is authorized for non-commercial purposes only. Unauthorized sale, duplication and/or distribution are strictly forbidden. All Phish performances and recordings are the exclusive property of Phish. All rights reserved. The privilege to record Phish performances set forth in this policy constitutes an express, revocable license. We reserve the right to withdraw our sanction of recording, tape trading, and/or non-commercial digital file transfers as we deem necessary. No waiver of any copyright or trademark right is intended. “Phish” as used in this policy includes the four band members of Phish.
Ownership of Recordings
Regardless of format or source, all participants in the exchange of audio recordings acknowledge and respect the copyrights and exclusive ownership of the music and performances by the performers, writers and publishers. All taping must be for personal use only, which may include trading (via digital file transfer, CD or tape). Regardless of any expenses incurred, no money may ever be exchanged as part of a trade. In addition, the media by which audio trading is publicized may not be commercialized. Therefore newsletters, web sites or any other communication forum facilitating audio trading cannot accept advertising, offer links for compensation, exploit databases compiled from their traffic, or otherwise derive any commercial proceeds in any form.
Officially released recordings of any kind (live or studio, audio or video) in any format may not be copied or otherwise traded or uploaded in whole or part as compilations, online streams or other methods of distribution, including vinyl records. Compiling one or more officially released files or combining official releases in whole or part with other material is prohibited (ie “Matrix” or other mixes/compilations or sync’d video). Videotaping is never allowed. Webcasts or other streams are officially released recordings and may not be copied or distributed in real-time or after the fact. Stores, businesses or web sites may not duplicate or offer to duplicate any Phish recordings for customers or sell or otherwise provide media containing unreleased Phish music for any price including a loss.
Online File Sharing
A statement of compliance with this policy must be clearly posted on all web sites engaged in trading activity. It is the responsibility of the site host to remain informed of the current list of officially released recordings and to maintain their site according to the taping policy.
You may inform us of violations of this policy by contacting us.