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  1. #1 Is this even possible... 
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    I was informed today that I could not use a standard Dictaphone to record a court hearing because the court microphones in place were so sensitive that my device could interfer with theirs.

    Mobile phone, wi-fi, (as far as I know hearing aids) are all fine and these all transmit something externally. A Dictaphone just records and doesn't transmit, as far as I know.

    So is this claim by the courts a really possibility or just an excuse to stop me recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb123 View Post
    I was informed today that I could not use a standard Dictaphone to record a court hearing because the court microphones in place were so sensitive that my device could interfer with theirs.

    Mobile phone, wi-fi, (as far as I know hearing aids) are all fine and these all transmit something externally. A Dictaphone just records and doesn't transmit, as far as I know.

    So is this claim by the courts a really possibility or just an excuse to stop me recording?

    Thanks
    It is forbidden by law to enter the courtroom wired. This is no physics matter, it is a legal matter. Only authorized reporters may film and tape this footage. This is to prevent youtube and instagram being flooded by suspect cases, and trying to bend the law by the use of popular opinions.

    The person who spoke to you may just have looked for an excuse. You may be fined if they catch you with a tape-recorder. In some courtrooms it is even illegal to bring a cellphone inside.


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    Indeed its a serious matter and I didn't record as I had no permission to do so. However, I did submit grounds under the UK disability law and they were refused due to the claims that my Dictaphone might scrabble the courts recording.

    So I wondered is this claim true by the laws of Physics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb123 View Post
    Indeed its a serious matter and I didn't record as I had no permission to do so. However, I did submit grounds under the UK disability law and they were refused due to the claims that my Dictaphone might scrabble the courts recording.

    So I wondered is this claim true by the laws of Physics?
    This is not a physics question. It either belongs in Electrical and Electronics or else it is a legal matter and doesn't belong in this forum at all.
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    Can someone move the thread for me please? Its not about law that's just background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb123 View Post
    Indeed its a serious matter and I didn't record as I had no permission to do so. However, I did submit grounds under the UK disability law and they were refused due to the claims that my Dictaphone might scrabble the courts recording.

    So I wondered is this claim true by the laws of Physics?
    Well, a dictaphone has a magnet (the speaker, and the microphone), furthermore, all electrical currents, have some magnetic properties for themselves. So it may have a miniscule effect on the recorder unit in the room. However it will not be comparable to the shortcircuiting effect a microphone may have when resonance and grounding interferes with its recording capabilities (the gigantic yawn/beep on the speakers).

    In other words, yes, it may interfere...
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    Can I presume that this effect would be comparable to other devices that might come near speakers? Like a laptop, which would clearly have bigger speakers than a pocket dictaphone, or what about a wi-fi signal, or phone signal?
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