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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Man Gets 2-Year Prison Term for Camcording

Man Gets 2-Year Prison Term for Camcording

Man Gets 2-Year Prison Term for Camcording

Added: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Canada, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, camcording, the dark knight
42 year-old Robert L. Henderson from Grandview, Missouri, drew investigators of Motion Picture Association of America sting suspicions because he was wearing a warm winter coat, not quite appropriate for July, then confronted by them after the movie and detained by police.


Last October Henderson pled guilty to penal copyright violation for recording “The Dark Knight” movie using a video camera at its opening weekend and also for selling contraband DVDs. He has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and has to pay $24,738 as compensation to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The investigators seized 1,240 bootleg DVDs from Henderson that were presumed to have otherwise been sold out, so the MPAA would have been deprived of their profits in amount of $24,738 (which is $19.95 for each DVD).

Chief of Operations for the Association stated that stealing films by camera recording was a real threat to the motion picture industry’s health and thereby to 2.4 million Americans employed by it. MPAA hopes such an appropriate punishment for such a serious crime will be a warning to prospective movie thieves that they’ll face rigorous consequences for these activities. They are also very grateful to those who were involved in the detention and prosecution of the defendant, as the theater cam-cording was made a federal felony in 2005.

Missouri Man was caught in an MPAA sting after it sent investigators to Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where at the East Glenn Movie Theater was the location for preceding bootleg Cams. The Association felt that the bootleggers would appear at the “Dark Knight” opening weekend, and so they apparently did: Robert L. Henderson instantly drew the suspicions of investigators after he entered the movie theater wearing (in July) a heavy winter coat.

The investigators confronted Henderson later, seized his video camera and notified the police. There also were “Hell Boy 2” recording and part of “The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian” recording on his camera. Afterwords the police found 1,240 contraband DVDs during a search of his house.

Just two months prior to Henderson’s sentencing, 42-year-old Gilberto Sanchez from the Bronx was arrested and accused of uploading “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” unfinished workprint copy to Megaupload.

February 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Comments (39) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-02-23 18:20:07)
Stayingtrue avatarOk now seriously a WINTER COAT in July what's wrong with that picture folks? Come-on now winter coat in July wow! But on to the sad part of the article really sentencing this (winter coat)man to 2 yrs and a ridiciouls fine not cool. Maybe give him a pysch evualation or something then send him on his way- what you think? Thanks for the article.

posted by Xbox (2010-02-23 18:57:51)
Painless avatarHa Ha what a noob :)) :))

posted by (2010-02-23 19:06:08)
RunsWithBulls avatarThis fine seems more reasonable to me than the one that Joel Tenenbaum is being asked to pay for his music files. This guy f'ed himself by having the 1240 bootleg copies. I'm sure things would of been a little easier for him if he had just been sharing the files rather than selling them for profit. He was Stupid and Greedy which is why he got caught and sentenced. I guess he would of only made like 5-10 grand selling his bootlegs but the fine should be inflated a bit. I don't really have too much sympathy for his case. That would be total different if his purpose was not for profit. That makes me question the original origins of alot of files on this site and what percentage of them come about first for profit. I've know of people in my area that sell bootleg movies out of there backpacks. Never saw how they made any real money in it unless they went mass production with teams of people selling there product. Which is the case in some areas but not in Grandview MO with a population of about 25,000. I'm in the dark :) THANKS again Sam!

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-02-23 20:19:14)
Z0R4N avatarI feel sorry for him and also must say that the whole thing is backwards they should punish whoever let him in with a camera, not the man who just wanted to do so. This is just a way of showing off, they give him a nice big fee for doing so and now they are satisfied that one of us is done for...but they forget that we are many, many more than them.
Thanks for the news, not the best news, but as they say "don't kill the messenger";o) Good one SaM!

posted by Blocked (2010-02-23 22:11:52)
phoenixcrash avatar@Painless: Don't be a [email protected] You wouldn't be so smug if you were the one in handcuffs over using a camcorder. And @runswithbulls: No sympathy because his ultimate goal was a lil bit of profit? Some (perhaps even myself), download torrents and then burn them to DVD and sell them. I sell mostly to friends, who don't have the means/know-how to use Bittorrent. Have to charge something for those blank DVDs, it's not like they're free. Although, I will agree that 1,240 copies of one flick may be a bit too much, but who really cares. If you ask me, the only real crime here is that the MPAA has the ability to charge us $19.95 a copy for anything. Especially fining him $19.95 per disc (disc that they can't actually prove would have ever been sold in the first place). As ZOR4N put it: "they forget that we are many, many more than them." Besides, the guy turned over the camera and they got the discs. What more can they really want. If you tried to take a camcorder from me while leaving a theater, you have way more to worry about besides alleged "infringement", like the @ss-whuppin' you're gonna catch if you try to stop me from leaving with my camera. Cuz that's how a real pirate rolls. AAARRRRRRRR!!!!!!

posted by (2010-02-23 22:33:12)
jenga122 avatar@phoenixcrash, your a real friend for selling copies to your friends. You're the exact opposite of what P2P is all about. I make all my friends and relatives copies of any movie they want as long as they provide me with blanks. I have also set 3 of them up with everything they need to download as safe as they can. Went to their houses and everything. It would be more admirable if you just taught them what you know....like someone taught you.

posted by (2010-02-23 23:17:22)
schwo7 avatarYour welcome SaM.....I'll remember next time,what a waste of time. But good article to read up on

posted by (2010-02-24 00:06:53)
hottdogg avatar"I sell mostly to friends, who don't have the means/know-how to use Bittorrent. Have to charge something for those blank DVDs, it's not like they're free"

Don't see anything wrong with this I do the same and I have setup a few computers to download for a few friends that want to do it, but some people don't want to go thru the hassle so as he said somebody has to pay for the DVD's

posted by Blocked (2010-02-24 00:52:32)
Madd_Skillz avatari sell to friends,family,co-workers.. nuttin wrong with that. they 5 dollars for a movie that they wouldve spent over 50 dollars and thats just the tickets..

posted by (2010-02-24 00:54:56)
jenga122 avatarThere's a big difference between your friends buying your DVD's than friends paying $3-$5 a pop for a movie. I have heard of some in my area charging $5 for screeners that he burnt. That's fn' pathetic and a disgrace IMO.

Thanks for the article SaM, didn't mean to take this off topic. BTW, that guy lives just a couple hours from me.

posted by ET junkie (2010-02-24 02:04:24)
chimera2005 avatarWow thats a little close to home, he is near Kanas City, MO, im in St Louis, Mo, all the way across the state

posted by (2010-02-24 02:08:08)
POPE305MIKE avatari charge 5 bucks , 3 for 10 , 6 for 20 , ........but then again im not a dumbass and go into the movies w a cam . why not smoke weed in front off the police department and hope not to get caught . popesflix still going strong , lol

posted by (2010-02-24 03:03:55)
megaplay avatarI do not agree with downloading for profit. This is not what file sharing is about. It is about sharing! I also think you should buy the movies you love...support those that deserve it.

posted by (2010-02-24 08:10:11)
rodolfo89 avatarin my opinion piracy is the movie company's fault for selling each movie at 15 bucks each is a ripoff and the blue-rays at 20 to 35 bucks

posted by Blocked (2010-02-24 09:27:30)
Onyx521 avatarThe epitome of stupidity. How could he be so friggin' dumb?

posted by (2010-02-24 10:31:19)
EVL666 avatarsorry in advance for this long comment,
there nothing wrong about charging 5 bucks for a disk filled with avi's, not when your putting in your time,bandwidth,disks,cases and ink all it does is cover your costs, u dont make any money if anything its still at a loss. it is all still about sharing but with your computer illiterate friends that don't have the knowledge or the means to get them.its only wrong when you are making a profit, $3-$5 a disk yeh cool, $10-$15 a disk your ripping off ya mates lol.

Oh and when it comes to people saying wah wah wah support the makers of he movies well i can say is they make plenty, they should get paid a lot lot less than they do!
dont get me wrong i enjoy a good movie and i think it takes a lot of talent to act but i cant name one movie where i think an actor has truly earnt there 1-10 plus million dollars.think about it, that's more than a 10-50 times the amount that a surgeon that could save your family's life gets paid in a year im sorry i just dont feel sympathetic

posted by (2010-02-24 12:11:10)
messiahx4ever avatarBut on the upside of this article, the very same company has NO PROBLEM in selling/and or giving YOUR information on a list to other companies. This can also include credit card information as well.

posted by (2010-02-24 14:40:53)
No avatarRuns with Bulls... The profit for that can be HUGE. I know of a fellow personally. Lives in a town of about 5,000. He sat up at a flea market in a neighboring town of about 15,000 pop. He was knocking down around $3,000 a week. He bought a lot of his supplies from us. We did his printing. I know how many of each item he bought weekly for year. Then they got him with over 700 DVDs.. the funny thing.. They fined him $100.00 and court cost.... I saw it happen. I had to be in court for a speeding ticket

posted by (2010-02-24 16:56:06)
mork_blasphemy avatarfile sharing,oh yeah,now selling crapy DVDs in the street with very low quality andf make a profit from what other give for free(by sharing ofc),thats disgusting!!

posted by (2010-02-24 18:52:22)
No avatarDisaster begins when he was out of fashion for the season. Wearing winter clothes in a summer month. He should have thought another way of hiding the camcorder.

I stop buying Pirated DVDs since I discovered Torrents and ET. Why buy when you can download. Yes to file sharing.

posted by (2010-02-24 19:41:20)
draggonking68 avatari burn them for family and friends and the one`s that can do it i teach them how pass on the knowledge i say

posted by (2010-02-24 20:50:02)
darren1974 avatarwell duplicators are there to burn films and i know many people that sell thousands aweek at carboot sales and markets,people are commenting on the guy is bad for selling but think if it wasnt for the likes of this guy there would not be any torrents???????? i bet everyone that has made a comment here has made money off films,software,games or tech help
sam thanks for article

posted by (2010-02-24 22:15:08)
Emery1337x avatari only pirate dvds for me and my parents, i dont trust anyone out side my parents haha, nice artical sam, but come on a winter coat in july? what a phucking moron!!!! there is plenty of other things u coulda hid the cam in, like a purse or somethin haha but come a winter coat in july....EPIC FAIL

posted by (2010-02-24 22:41:23)
jenga122 avatar@darren1974, not everyone. If I would look back to when I started I would say I'm in the negative on any software, games, or any help. I have NEVER received money for anything I have downloaded, and I would say out of all the copies I have made I probably bought atleast a 100 pack of dvd's that I am in the red for. Now I just say that I won't burn until they (family and friends) buy me more dvd blanks. ....and I'm proud of not charging.

posted by (2010-02-25 03:11:34)
jimmy357 avatarsell, dont sell who cares just seeeeeeed Lol@ the winter jacket. epic fail 4 sure..

posted by (2010-02-25 04:29:33)
moviefreak24 avatarI think the fee and sentence are ridiculous. Yes this man should be punished, but not like this. They might have just as well given this man a $2.000.000 fee. I mean: How long do you think it's gonna take him to pay off $24,738? Chances are he doesn't even earn that much money in a year! On the other hand I don't see why people bother recording movies in a theater. The quality is always awful, no matter how well you shoot and edit it. Neither do I understand how people can still make money off bootleg dvd's in a time like this, when almost everyone can just download them. Blu ray's would make more sence, since a lot of people can't burn those themselves (yet)

posted by (2010-02-25 10:11:52)
reddogmatt avatarunlucky

posted by (2010-02-25 13:06:54)
darren1974 avatar@jenga122 lol mate read your comment as you do charge re "wont burn more untill people BUY discs" thats splitting hairs,you charge else you would buy 100 disc as i get them non wholesale £12 for 100 dvd-r
@emery1337x i agree what is the guy doing and size of the cam the guy used as you can get things to record that fit in your pocket

posted by (2010-02-25 15:06:45)
jenga122 avatar@darren1974, apparently you don't understand or I worded it wrong. I don't use dvd's for myself. I watch movies on my big screen via HDMI from my desktop. I play games on my wii via USB from my external HDD. The dvd's they buy are for themselves. They get them back with movies on them. Where I come from, friends and family do things to help each other. It's called Karma. What comes around, goes around. BTW, you can get 100 DVD-r here for about $16.50 which is around 10.7 pounds.

posted by (2010-02-25 17:11:41)
Deamastad avatarfile sharing is about helping each other out, about trying and checking things out before you buy, or getting some things when you dont have the money to go buy them. The big argument in trying to keep file sharing going is that it doesn't effect the profits of the company. we get it for free and if we were willing to buy it anyway and it's good we still buy it. So making profit off it is giving them reason to charge us rediculous fines for these things. I have charged people for tech help but thats alot different. Spending 6 hours fixing someones computer that they messed up is not the same as charging someone for a movie that's not really yours anyways. This argument could go on for ever but File Sharing is about Sharing. Not called file selling. Might as well get the real dvd because it is better quality and has full disc image unlike most file sharing dvds.

posted by (2010-02-25 17:14:02)
Deamastad avatarnow my on topic comment. Thank you sam. nice post. How can they charge 19.99 each like it stops people from buying the dvd. ITS A CAM. It by no means replaces DVD.

posted by (2010-02-26 01:18:54)
trauts avatarThe real scene was always about free for non profit back in the day .. feel the p2p scene has bought alot of ppl on board for a quick buck :( shame on u ! i have never or wud never sell anything I download

posted by (2010-02-26 15:50:24)
fergus avatarIf investigators seized 1,240 bootleg DVDs from Henderson that were presumed to have otherwise been sold out the MPAA are not deprived of their profits in amount of $24,738 Cause they have seized the DVDs!
The cost should be for the destruction of the DVDs and not for the fat cats in hollywood

posted by (2010-02-26 22:41:12)
MarcusVenture avatarWhat you get for free you should give back for free. Make people pay for the DVDR's but making money [ PROFIT ] from filesharing is for SCUM!!!! Sorry but that is LOW LIFE BS! profiting Pirates give file SHARING a bad name. People that do that is one big reason the LAW enforcement people and the groups like the RIAA/MPAA are so aggressive!

Also, people should NOT risk their freedom shooting cams especially for people who do not appreciate the high risk and go out and make money off of movies that deserve that money. If people have the money to blow on movies that money should at least go to the people that worked on the film. I get way angry at pirate for money people!!! People need to have some ethics and draw the line somewhere! SCUM!!!! ROTTEN SCUM!!!! Let everyone enjoy the FREE films and stop making people pay for what should be SHARED!!!! Let people who can shoot cams in EMPTY theaters after hours shoot the cams because going to prison for camming is not necessary. I would rather do without than see anyone go to prison. Keep safe people!

Sorry for getting so mad guys. I hate to be that way but this is one subject I feel VERY strongly about...

posted by (2010-02-26 22:47:46)
MarcusVenture avatarOh yeah, sorry to double post but I need to add one more thing. Admitting that you are downloading illegal files and making bootlegs to SELL on an open public forum is NOT very smart! Some have pretty much made a good case for the authorities to seize this sites records to track down the people that are pirating for profit. Watch what you say because you never know who could be reading your posts! I may be paranoid but when you stop being careful and when you stop worrying...that is when you get your door knocked down and your PC carried off in a large bag by guys with white gloves. I am just saying. BE CAREFUL PEOPLE!

posted by (2010-02-27 02:59:53)
nos avatarlol

posted by (2010-02-27 08:49:32)
kORnERdSpIDeR avatarLMFAO...
Yep. I get for free I give for free. I got a job for money. I will agree the punishment was WAY too harsh. I suppose if you are a stupid criminal you're gonna get it in the ass eventually. It pays to rub a couple of brain cells together once in a while and manage to pull your head out of your ass long enough to accomplish a given mission without blow back. I'm sure dude is sitting in jail thinking that right about....NOW!

posted by Blocked (2010-03-04 22:14:11)
phoenixcrash avatarFile sharing is free. Sharing with complete strangers? Fine with me. But when I'd like to share a movie with some of my friends, it isn't always as simple as seeding. I live in a small town where there's only internet service inside city limits. Not only are most of my friends computer illiterate, only one of my friends even own a computer. So, it's not like I can just "give" them the .avi files, let alone show them how to use torrents. I have to convert the .avi file w/ AVS Video (1-1 and a half hour), drive 25 minutes to a store that even sells blank DVDs, burn it to disc, print the label, and finally sleeve it. I charge them $3/disc,5 for $15,or 10 for $25. I, for one, don't see a [email protected] thing wrong with that. Anybody willing to do that sh!t for free? Didn't think so. hottdogg feels me. And I never give 'em anything less than the DVDrip. Never. If that's not sharing, I don't know what is. I've never heard anyone complain about $3 a pop. I could let 'em pay $19.95 and wait for the dvd to actually release. The guy at the flea market charging $5 for a F#CKIN' CAM is the one that you should be ready to crucify here. Charge HIM with givin' pirates a bad name, then make his [email protected] walk the plank...

posted by Blocked (2010-03-04 22:28:03)
phoenixcrash avatar@ jenga122 "@phoenixcrash, your a real friend for selling copies to your friends. You're the exact opposite of what P2P is all about." Really? I don't recall seeing a "verified" or "trusted" uploader symbol next to your name. YOU are the exact opposite of what P2P is all about.

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