Screaming Justin Bieber Fans Using Camera Phones To Capture Snippets Of Movie Premiere Berated For Piracy
from the cultural-divide dept
We’ve pointed out many times that the laws, especially around things like copyright, simply don’t match up with the basic cultural norms of what it means to be a kid today. Remember, for example, the woman who was arrested and spent two nights in jail because she used a camera to capture a few very short segments of the movie Twilight, because she was trying to capture her sister’s birthday party (with the movie showing being a part of the event). Now, TorrentFreak points us to an unintentionally hilarious article written by a woman who appears to make her living as a Marilyn Monroe/Anna Nicole Smith impersonator, complaining about how a bunch of Justin Bieber fans were thieves because they dared to film snippets of his new movie (wait, Justin Bieber has a movie?!?) at a special VIP Premiere ($30 a ticket!) with their camera phones.
Bieber fans watched the film and screamed with glee at the sight of him on the big screen, but many were also committing a crime. The crime was committed when they began taping the film for their own use. Since most of the audience consisted of teenage girls with their parents, I am left to wonder what parent lets their child commit a crime? Even scarier ,what kind of parent lets them do it in public?
Also I wonder how can Justin’s fans call themselves true fans by stealing from the star?
Just what they “stole” from Bieber is not made clear, of course. Of course, there seems to be a bit of a cultural divide here. The Bieber fans aren’t stealing anything. What they’re doing is sharing with their friends. They’re not sharing the movie, of course. I’m sure the screaming crew of Bieber fans are all begging their parents to take them to the theater (probably multiple times). What they’re sharing is the experience of going to see the film. Filming a snippet and sending it to friends is a way of letting their friends know “hey, look, I got to go to the Premiere!” or something along those lines.
Of course, thanks to rampant lobbying by the MPAA, such filming is a crime. But this sort of situation just serves to underline why it’s stupid to consider just any filming of a movie to be a criminal act. The screaming teen girls at the Bieber movie were not “pirating” the movie in any sense. They were trying to share a cultural experience. It seems pretty bizarre that doing so actually does put them at risk of being sent to jail for a few years.