I forgot to mention it previously, but word went out not too long ago that many theaters around the country were going to start using night vision goggles in the fight against movie piracy. According to the MPAA camcorders account for 92 percent of all illegal copies of films that end up being sold as bootlegs or traded across file sharing networks and they recently announced a bounty on pirates trying to tape movies at their local cinemaplex. And now a theater out in Los Angeles appears to have snagged their first pirate using NV goggles:
The teen could be charged under a law that went into effect Jan. 1 and makes taking a recording device into a movie theater a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
The film industry’s trade group hailed the arrest and credited its recent initiative to offer cash rewards of up to $500 to theater employees who turn in moviegoers attempting to make illicit film copies.
“In theaters nationwide, there are now thousands of eyes looking for camcording-pirates and this incident proves that pirates who use these devices in theaters will be caught,” said James W. Spertus, vice president and director of antipiracy operations for the Motion Picture Association of America.
Hard to say how effective this strategy will be in the long run, but I’m sure that $500 bounty will help in the motivation department considering what your average theater worker earns these days.