Yeah, I've read it, and find it clearly unhelpful, for several reasons.
"If any participant asks you to stop filming, you must stop immediately. If you continue to photograph or film, you face the possibility of being escorted from the event. "
This seems clear, but isn't. What is a "participant" and what is the scope of the proscription? If I'm walking down the Esplanade, and see someone with a camera, what if I tell that person "Please stop filming."? Is that person then prevented from taking any pictures for the rest of Burning Man? OK, obviously, no, but isn't that what the rule says? Since there are "no spectators" doesn't that make all of us participants in everything? Clearly, if I say "stop taking pictures of me" that's covered. Should any individual participating at an event be able to stop someone from taking any pictures of the event? What if one of the fire dancers at the Burn asks a photographer to stop taking pictures. Does that mean the photographer is subject to ejected from BRC for taking a picture of The Man? Of course not, but that's the way the rule reads. I really think the intent of the rule is to allow people to stop filming of themselves, not of others (which is consistent with "radical self-reliance"). Applying the rule literally, if CT rider A says "Please stop taking pictures, and CT rider B says "please take my picture" (and the photographer does) the photographer is still violating the rule. Since that's nonsense, we're left with a rule that is perfect, in the sense that everyone can interpret it to mean whatever they want.
ask for permission before photographing or filming any participant. If you are planning to use this imagery to show anyone other than your friends and family, you should
obtain a written release from anyone you photograph, film or otherwise record. In most cases we will ask for verification of these releases before granting permission to use an image or footage commercially."
Great. "Should"??? Is this a rule, or just a fond wish? Or, does it apply only if the picture is to be used commercially?
If you attend Burning Man, your picture is likely to be taken lots of time without your permission. Whenever anyone photographs the Temple, or The Man, there are likely to be people around. Does anyone every try to get all of their permissions? Of course not. If they eject every photographer who takes a picture with anyone in it who hasn't been asked permission, there will be a much smaller crowd by the evening of the Burn.
"You have the right and responsibility to ask someone to stop taking a picture of you, recording your image or recording your voice in any way if you desire. However, keep in mind the nature of radical self-expression, capturing expression is a form of self-expression."
So, that implies that people can stop people from taking pictures of themselves, only, unless the picture is "radical self-expression"? Note this "rule" actually just gives you the right to ask. I think it also says the photographer has the right to take pictures of me telling them not to take pictures.
"All video cameras must be registered and have a tag attached to them. If your digital camera can record even a few seconds of motion imagery, it is considered a video camera (and must be registered and tagged)."
"All video cameras and film cameras must be tagged."
Which is it -- all cameras or just video cameras? Are they really set up to have 40,000 cameras tagged?
The whole photo policy is a mess. It apparently started as a rule dealing with commercial use of photos, and now has been expanded to something FUBB.