UK Theater Workers Caught Dozen Movie CammersAdded: Monday, December 30th, 2013
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Since April, over a dozen alleged cammers of the most popular films have been apprehended in the United Kingdom thanks to the vigilance of theater staff. But despite their rapid response, only 5 pirates were arrested and none of them have been prosecuted.
Camcording of movies in theaters is regarded by the entertainment industry as the most damaging form of piracy, which has been going on for over 30 years. In the United Kingdom, the movies are normally released a little later than in the United States, and cinema workers are promised cash incentives to watch out for the camcorders. For example, theatre staff can earn up to £500 each if they manage to stop a potential pirate.
Strict rules exist in the UK to govern whether an individual is awarded money for stopping movie piracy. One of the most interesting ones is calling the police, because simply recording a movie is not against the law in the country. According to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, a suspected cammer can be charged only if there is proof that the recording was part of a commercial operation or that there was intent to later upload it.
However, the police have still attended a dozen suspected camming instances in the country on such movies as Gravity, Rush, One Direction: This Is Us, Captain Phillips, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Monsters University. 15 employees will get rewards of up to £500 each as a result. The cinema employees remain the frontline in protecting movies from being pirated. The strategy of anti-piracy outfit Federation Against Copyright Theft is funded by the movie distributors in order to seek to prevent the initial recording which seeds piracy worldwide. Apparently, the group wants to stop recording in theaters by any means and will therefore they like the results of this year, but there are obvious weak points in the law that won’t change anytime soon.
Of a total dozen incidents, which must have involved at least twelve people and maybe even more, the police arrested only 5 and issued another 9 with cautions. At the moment, only 2 are on police bail. In the meantime, there’s no mention of a single prosecution or conviction of the camcorders.
Despite the fact that the UK legislation favors the potential pirates, the anti-piracy group can still get the police to take camcording seriously, particularly when the allegations go beyond simple recording and into distribution.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Monday, December 30th, 2013
|posted by (2013-12-30 23:04:31)|
|Thanks SaM for the post.|
|posted by (2013-12-31 00:03:48)|
|keep it up sam|
|Cinema employees should stage bogus piracy to turn in for the reward.|
|posted by (2013-12-31 07:16:22)|
........but have they that much intelligence?
.... they do now
|posted by (2013-12-31 08:44:48)|
|I am surprised they care so much. The kind of person that will put up with watching a CAM doesn't seem likely to ever buy a ticket anyway. DVD and BD rips on the other hand, or screeners...|
|posted by (2013-12-31 09:07:28)|
|Those poor over worked staff ....watching out for cammers AND people who take there own sweets into the cinema they deserve the bonus|
|like this is news most top release groups and cammers in the u.s have deals with managers in the movies they pay the manager so and so and they record what ever they like its all hush hush|
|yes most managers get a pay off.same as the car boot and markets organisers|
|posted by (2013-12-31 18:22:07)|
|And what about all the theatre projectionists who set their own cams up in the projection booth?|
|LMFAO! all the staff now to busy looking for cammers, now you know why there is only ever 1 member of staff left selling tickets and snacks!|
|I don`t think many cammers will pay 500 quid a movie to any members of staff,much more likely to use surveillance equipment to do the filming from a wireless camera or using camera cap etc. www.ebay.com/bhp/spy-camera-hat|
|www.dhgate.com/product/wholesale-3pc-spy-pen-hidden-camera-mini/117242180.html#cppd-3-5|null:5 another option is a spy pen with high resolution 5 hours of recording time built in audio and upto 16 GB data storage,unobtrusive,HD and no worries about humidity as with caps.|
|posted by (2014-01-04 12:28:34)|
|The person running the cam for the One Direction movie deserved it||
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