Beware where you film

A news item I have been catching up with on Buzz Out Loud recently has me a little bit stunned.

In Chicago, a young woman was at a birthday party where they rented out an entire cinema for the duration of a screening of New Moon. She was filming some video of the party-goers and managed to get about three minutes of the film on camera as well.

This is odd to me because I can’t imagine the cinema letting a camera get in the screening in the first place, but still, perhaps just a short word to say: “Please don’t film here.”

Nope. The cinema called the police, who detained her for two days, and she was faced with charges of copyright infringement that could have resulted in up to three years in prison.

Thankfully, the charges were dropped, but what kind of fear is the movie industry instilling that this is the reaction to an incidental filming. It’s so clear she wasn’t trying to pirate the movie, even the director of the film came to her defence.

More details available here. Madness.

5 thoughts on “Beware where you film

  1. I think they probably believe it will give the public fear. {

    Only I think it’s having a completely different effect. Incidents of copying (or at least reporting of copying) are going up and a lot of the people I know have switched from supporting the copyright owners to supporting the people. A regime of fear always generates its own rebellion… …which is part of the reason that only films that really have to be seen at the cinema to “look right” or start their life in the independent sector (and thus protected by obscurity) are grossing more money at the cinema than before. The rest are tending to be watched on DVD where such stupidity on the part of the copyright owners is less likely to impair viewing.

    The public aren’t scared by this behaviour – they’re disgusted. It may not be the same as directly condoning copying (which is what the copyright owners fear) but it’s just as harmful to copyright owners’ interests.

  2. This is why the RIAA and MPAA are evil corporations with total money-centric obligations to their vested interested parties. They shouldn’t have any jurisdiction but sneaked an unlawful DMCA through which takes away rights.

    I’ll never forget a quote I saw from somewhere:

    “DRM – A method of copy protection that prevents incompetent pirates from stealing it and legitimate customers from using it.”

  3. That’s insane! Do they think this will somehow gain them public favour? Surely they should be working with people..

    I think they probably believe it will give the public fear.

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