Google Glass Wearer Claims He Was Yanked Out Of Movie, Held In Office For Hours, Over Filming He Didn't Do [Updated]

from the zero-tolerance! dept

Just a couple months ago, we wrote about the MPAA's insane "zero tolerance" policies that it was sending to movie theaters, telling them to be extra vigilant in stopping anyone from filming movies:
The MPAA recommends that theaters adopt a Zero Tolerance policy that prohibits the video or audio recording and the taking of photographs of any portion of a movie.

Theater managers should immediately alert law enforcement authorities whenever they suspect prohibited activity is taking place. Do not assume that a cell phone or digital camera is being used to take still photographs and not a full-length video recording. Let the proper authorities determine what laws may have been violated and what enforcement action should be taken.

Theater management should determine whether a theater employee or any other competent authority is empowered to confiscate recording devices, interrupt or interfere with the camcording, and/or ask the patron to leave the auditorium.
As we noted at the time, these kinds of policies seem more likely to piss off movie viewers than to actually stop any form of "piracy." And, indeed, as pretty much every one of you has sent in this morning, a story over at The Gadgeteer appears to show these overreaching policies in action, as a guy wearing his Google Glass (with the power off) was summarily yanked out of the theater in the middle of a movie and held in an office while a bunch of people posing as officials quizzed him about who he was recording for.

The story is a little short on some key details. For example, it's never clear who the people interrogating him actually are associated with. The article title claims "the FBI" and other reports have similarly claimed the FBI was involved, but that seems unlikely. Apparently someone claimed to be with the "federal service" which is not what anyone would say if they were actually a federal employee. Someone is claimed to be from "the Movie Association" -- which might mean the MPAA (the Motion Pictures Association of America), but that's hardly clear. It's especially odd since the person who went through the experience claims that he got the business card of this guy -- named "Bob Hope" -- from "the Movie Association" so if it was actually the MPAA, you'd think he'd look at the business card and properly state where the guy came from. Or, you know, send in a picture of the business card (perhaps with contact info redacted).

To be honest, all of those factors make me question the legitimacy of the entire story -- though there have been other similar stories in the past that we've seen involving mobile phones. And it does fit with the MPAA's guidelines on "zero tolerance."

Update: AMC has confirmed that "a guest with a potential recording device inside the auditorium was questioned at our AMC Easton 30. Another report says that the MPAA was on site and interrogated the guy and then contacted DHS, claiming they have "oversight for movie theft." I'd be curious to see where or how DHS has authority over "movie theft." I'm guessing people will claim it's an ICE issue, but that goes way beyond what ICE is supposedly working on.
Separately, the guy begged the "police" or whoever was there to look at his Google Glass and go through his private things. While that has no bearing on the legitimacy of his story, as Popehat recently reminded people, this is monumentally stupid for a whole variety of reasons.

Whether or not this turns out to be a legitimate story, this issue is going to come up again and again as Google Glass and a flood of similar products heading to market become more popular. The MPAA's "zero tolerance" attitude and its general antipathy towards any new technology it can't control or quash is going to lead to this sort of scenario playing out one way or another eventually. If the MPAA and the theaters had any vision at all, they'd be working out a better way to deal with it, but since they seem to see everything as a black and white situation, expect an even more extreme version of how they've treated mobile phones -- even to the point of (at times) requiring them to be confiscated before people can go into the theater -- thereby encouraging fewer people to actually go to the theater.

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    out_of_the_blue, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 10:53am

    "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

    you just smear the MPAA, which in NO visible way is responsible for even the alleged questioned story. It's the Techdirt way. Never let facts get in the way of attacking MPAA.

    Now, if MPAA ran with a story like this, Mike and fanboys would HOWL -- well, much as ankle-biters can.

    Mike Masnick on Techdirt: "its typical approach to these things: take something totally out of context, put some hysterical and inaccurate phrasing around it, dump an attention-grabbing headline on it and send it off to the press."

    06:52:51[h-705-6]

     

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      Hi Cathy!, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:24pm

      Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

       

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        aldestrawk (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:42pm

        Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

        I think not. Prokofy Neva's writing style and strategy is to wear down critics, opponents, other trolls with a stream of seemingly never-ending verbiage that contains hints of extensive knowledge but is overall, not cohesive and often crosses the border into incoherency. You can never win playing on that field. Instead, you should counter-troll by utilizing tactics similar to when multiple photos of her real-life face were created floating in the sky above her Second Life abode.
        OOTb has a couple similar characteristics but cannot approach the epic troll capability of Prokofy Neva.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:59pm

          Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

          Yeah, I might have accepted the theory when I read it last year but on examination the two are definitely different flavors of troll/crazy. Also, Profoky Neva has a TD account (via search box in top right), which has posted as recently as this weekend (Jan 18th), whereas OOTB has refused to register.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 1:15pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

            typo: Prokofy Neva (I got it right in the search box at least)

             

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          That One Guy (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 1:18pm

          Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

          '...never-ending verbiage that contains hints of extensive knowledge but is overall, not cohesive and often crosses the border into incoherency.'

          Wait, you're not suggesting AJ is this 'Catherine' person, are you?

           

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            Pragmatic, Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 2:07am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

            AJ is a different person and as far as I know is not into weird pseudo-anarchist politics for [the children] copyright.

             

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          Gwiz (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 1:39pm

          Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

          OOTb has a couple similar characteristics but cannot approach the epic troll capability of Prokofy Neva.


          It's kind of funny, I was thinking about this earlier today when I stumbled across one of Prokofy Neva's comments on another article and I attempted to find some sort of writing style comparison software to compare Blue's and Cathy's writings.

          My Google-foo failed me though and I got sidetracked with some actual work, so I didn't get very far.

           

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            Pragmatic, Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 3:04am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "question the legitimacy of the entire story" -- BUT instead of verifying,

            It's all about the hatred of communal/collective ANYTHING, fear of OS and the alleged piracy that goes with it, and a visceral hatred of pirates and due process. I was working off her blog ravings (she used to recommend we read it where I tangled with her) rather than this Second Life persona or whatever it is.

            The "Commie" rant was the giveaway. I've never heard of Prokofy Neva but I think that's more of a persona. Remember, when you're anonymous, more cats get out of the bag.

            As for the incoherency, that's in nearly every post.

            Finally, the blog is all about teh copyright and how anything other than uttermost maximalism is piracy and offenders should be extradited for it, etc.

            Oh, and Cathy hates Google with a passion, per her blog posts.

            In short:

            1. barely coherent anti-"leftist/commie/collective/OS" rants
            2. irrational fixation on copyright maximalism as a common law right
            3. pretends to hate "the Rich" and corporations, but seems to think the **AAs are the second coming
            4. is convinced that selling copies of works is the only way to make a living as a creative
            5. considers all who disagree with her position on anything to be the enemy and treats them as such
            6. doubles down on her argument's position when proven wrong
            7. changes the subject when owned instead of admitting to being wrong
            8. arbitrary standards of right and wrong
            9. dismissal of the value of due process where copyright is concerned
            10. irrational hatred of Google while continuing to use it. I've pointed that out many times, then she's gone on to admit to using it despite being told there are alternatives

            She hates Google more than Mike, and her Mike-hate thing is more of an envious pseudo-libertarian thing than a personal one. I hadn't noticed much of the pseudo-libertarian/Alex Jones rants on her blog because I was more focused on the toxic copyright protectionism and hatred of alleged pirates, but I guess it's in there somewhere.

            Hey, I could be wrong, but if you manage to unmask OOTB and prove it, I'll be the first to admit to being wrong. It's just that the arguments we have with her here are arguments I've had with her elsewhere. We're just repeating ourselves because we have to because she can't admit to being wrong and is unwilling to learn anything that doesn't mesh with her opinions.

             

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      silverscarcat (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 3:40pm

      Re:

      Hey, blue, guess what?

      The MPAA CONFIRMED what was reported here.

      How do you like your humble pie? With or without crow?

       

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    David, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 10:56am

    Simple solution:

    As long as the content industry focuses on treating their customers as prisoners and criminals, don't do business with them. Don't view movies, don't buy CDs, don't buy DVDs, don't buy MP3 files or whatever else. Use your time for other things: learn an instrument, read books (up to now, that is mostly not interpreted as implying consent for installing rootkits on your computers and making you the target of law enforcement), meditate.

    Don't be caught singing, though.

     

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      That One Guy (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:04am

      Re: Simple solution:

      You don't have to cut yourself off from entertainment that much, there's plenty of movies, songs and books that are available from alternative sources that have nothing to do with the parasitic middlemen/gatekeepers, and buying from those alternative sources helps everyone(that counts anyway) by supporting up and coming consumer friendly services, as well as new artists and creators, making it more likely they'll grow and eventually drive the parasites out of the business for good.

       

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      Sunhawk (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:14pm

      Re: Simple solution:

      Don't view movies, don't buy CDs, don't buy DVDs, don't buy MP3 files or whatever else.


      ... from the members of the lobbying organizations, please; I know of a number of artists who hawk CDs and mp3s of their work directly on their youtube channels, for example.

       

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 3:16pm

      Re: Simple solution:

      I was going to take the opposite tack: Everyone go watch a movie... while wearing a deactivated Google Glass unit. Make sure that there is, in the unit's memory, a digital recording of one or more movies that you have purchased legally. When the inevitable stupidity occurs, sue them out of existence.

       

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      slick8086, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 3:38pm

      Re: Simple solution:

      As long as the content industry focuses on treating their customers as prisoners and criminals, don't do business with them. Don't view movies, don't buy CDs, don't buy DVDs, don't buy MP3 files or whatever else.


      Sorry, this approach doesn't work and will never work.

      You are basically saying, "As long as the content industry keeps trying to hold our culture hostage we should just avoid participating in our culture until they get bored and go away."

       

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    TasMot (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:02am

    Just the thought makes me dizzy.

    I realize from the quotes that the MPAA is telling theater management to be proactive with containing the pirating of movies from "in theater" videotaping of movies. However; the extremely idiotic part of the theory of videotaping a movie from Google Goggles is ludicrous in the extreme. Have they every watched a 60 second clip of a handheld homemade movie. It's enough to make everybody dizzy especially without some sort of image stabilizer in the camera. Can you imagine how dizzy somewhat would get by trying to watch a 90 minute movie that was recorded on a moving head? It would be puke fest and the local drugstore would sell out of pain killers for the headaches.

    Nobody can hold their head still for 90 minutes to get a decent "pirate" copy of a movie that way.

     

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      DannyB (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:24am

      Re: Just the thought makes me dizzy.

      > Nobody can hold their head still for 90 minutes to get
      > a decent "pirate" copy of a movie that way.

      That misses the point.

      There may be small segments, say up to five seconds that are perfectly watchable. That five seconds of watchable recorded content is copyright infringement.

      Please do not underestimate the economic damage caused by copyright infringement. The total damage caused by Limewire alone, according to the RIAA, is $75 TRILLION. The total damages of copyright infringement is far, far greater than the entire economic output of all human activity for all human history. Please think of the artists.

      Look at how little profit Hollywood makes, and look at how little it increases each year setting new records. Please consider their plight and take pity.

       

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    Scote, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:03am

    Don't forget the bounty

    Somebody likely turned this guy in for the promised MPAA bounty. The MPAA promises $500 to theater employees who catch a movie pirate.

    http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-wants-advanced-anti-piracy-measures-at-movie-theaters-131114/

    ...which also means theater employees have a disincentive to just tell the guy wearing Glass to take it off when they sell him a ticket or when he hands his tickets to the user in the lobby because they make nothing off of that. Instead, wait until he's in the theater and turn him in for cash - doesn't matter if he's guilty or not because the incentives only run one way.

     

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      Mikael (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:50pm

      Re: Don't forget the bounty

      I worked at a Rave movie theater a number of years ago and back then I honestly would have loved to catch someone recording video to get me that $500. You have to act immediately, stop the person from recording, call the cops, and file a police report to be eligible though.

      While I never actually caught anyone in the act, there was one time I caught a guy trying to bring in a full size video camera in a backpack. We had to search all over sized bags coming in and when I found it I gave him that "you have to be kidding me" look, and told him he couldn't bring it in. He couldn't grasp why I wouldn't let him bring it in even though he promised he wouldn't record anything.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:04am

    gadgeteer just updated their story.

    "Update #2:

    I just received info from the author with regards to the agents that questioned him:

    For the sake of having all the facts right.
    I have been trying to find out who the agents that “interviewed” me at
    AMC were, so I asked help from a guy I know at FBI. I worked with this
    guy in the past when I was employed at a webhosting company. He did
    some digging, and he tells me the “federal agents”
    talking to me were DHS."


    Looks like it was the Department of Homeland Security who interrogated him.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:04am

    working on the assumption that it was the FBI that was involved, it shows how stupid that organisation is for being available to interfere with customers at the drop of a hat and also how those in charge are willing to do whatever the entertainment industries say. i would have thought, indeed hoped, that the FBI and every other security agency had something more important to do, like PROTECTING THE NATION AND IT'S CITIZENS rather than fucking about over a possibility that someone is recording a friggin' movie. it wont be long before terrorists will be left to do whatever dastardly deed they have in mind because the fucking MPAA needs all security agents deployed in theaters to stop movie piracy! i ask ya!!

     

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      DannyB (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:13am

      Re: The Cuckoo's Egg -- Clifford Stoll

      In the book The Cuckoo's Egg, which describes, at that time, one of the biggest hacking events to that point, Clifford Stoll describes his first encounter with the FBI. What first put him on to the massive hacking was a seven cent accounting error. Many systems were hacked, including military systems, commercial systems, and the hacker was very sophisticated.

      I am pharaphrasing... You want us to investigate over an accounting error of $0.07? We only investigate crimes that involve over a million dollars or murders, threats to the nation, etc.


      It's a good thing the FBI now focuses on non-issues such as Google Glass. But doesn't focus on important things such as major white collar crime involving millions or billions of dollars.

       

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:07am

    What puzzles me is why they did not follow standard procedure of beating him up when he denied their accusations of recording the movie?

    Hopefully in the future this guy will stick to small and victimless crimes that the FBI takes no interest in, such as wrecking the global economy or running a massive ponzi scheme on wall street.

    It has already been said that copyright is incompatible with free speech. I propose that as technology advances that copyright becomes incompatible with free society.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 4:38pm

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      don't worry if Masnick had of thought of it, he would have included a good beat down.

      next time he will.. he will probably also include the phrase "beat his face with the butt of a tazer". Anything for effect, and to keep the fans happy.

       

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    DubzDubz, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:14am

    This is SOP

    I am a former theater manager. I have had this experience before:

    I was informed by another patron that someone was taking pictures in the theater. After removing the patron from the theater, he was indeed taking pictures of the movie. I had to, by the contract that I signed, call the police and inspect the capturing device (a standard consumer-grade digital camera) as the pictures were erased.

    Was his intent malicious? No, definitely not. Did I feel bad for dragging him out of the theater and "banning" him? Yes. Did I regret doing the hours of paperwork afterwards? Yes, hell yes.

    Though I do not like the MPAA (at all), I do understand their Zero-Tolerance with this. But this story doesn't seem truthful.

    See, I HIGHLY doubt the FBI or DHS was involved in this. They should never be contacted about this kind of thing. If AMC's policy was similar to the one from my company, the highest this should go would be the local police. SOP says that after the police have been contacted, the incident has to be reported to the MPAA. At no point would the FBI or DHS even have TIME to show up! I am calling BS on that whole aspect of the story. I 100% believe he was kicked out of a theater for wearing glasses (I would have kicked him out too) but I don't believe he was interviewed by DHS/FBI at the theater.

     

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      That One Guy (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:29am

      Re: This is SOP

      From the source article, it sounds like someone was trying to cash in on that 'bounty' the MPAA offered on 'pirates', so they called the *AA's, and the *AA's called their 'good buddies'/employees with badges to go 'bust that pirate and make an example out of him'.

      Relevant quote(this is what the 'Bob Hope', MPAA reps said):
      'All he said was AMC called him, and he called the FBI'

      And if you don't think that the *AA's have very close ties and significant pull with government agencies, you've not been paying attention, they managed to get a military style raid on someone(Dotcom) in a foreign country over accused copyright violations, yanking a guy out of a theater is nothing comparatively.

       

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        DannyB (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:03pm

        Re: Re: This is SOP

        > they [the **AA's) managed to get a military style raid on someone(Dotcom)
        > in a foreign country over accused copyright violations,
        > yanking a guy out of a theater is nothing comparatively.

        Also, they managed to get a kid arrested and extradited, for linking to (but not hosting) content. And what he was doing was legal in his own country.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:24am

    List of people who should never go to movies

    A list of people who should never go to the movies to avoid being wrongly accused of piracy.

    -People who wear glasses (any glasses, even prescription)
    -People who wear watches (mobile devices in the form of a watch are already being worked on)
    -People who wear bracelets (looks too similar to a watch)

    And in the future these people will also be added to the list

    -People who wear necklaces (someone will surely build a mobile device worn as a necklace)
    -People who wear rings (someone will surely build a mobile device worn as a ring)
    -People who wear any kind of clothing (hidden cameras and recorders can be sewn into the clothing)
    -People who can see and/or hear (eventually they'll hook up your brain to a computer and the Internet)

     

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      DCL, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:34am

      Re: List of people who should never go to movies

      The future of movie theaters.... charge people for a ticket... charge them for snacks... don't let them see the movie unless they are naked and don't have bionics (body scans are mandatory).

      If NOBODY wearing cloths sees the movies and everybody pretends they did anyway it is an extended chapter for "The Emperor's new clothes" story.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:05pm

      Re: List of people who should never go to movies

      Why don't they just hire the TSA to do screenings of everyone before they go in?

       

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      DannyB (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:06pm

      Re: List of people who should never go to movies

      > eventually they'll hook up your brain to a computer and the Internet

      When that technology exists, the MPAA / RIAA will insist that everyone be hooked up at birth so that a computer can automatically charge you whenever you see, or hear anything copyrighted.

      Hey, you overheard the radio some guy is playing in the adjacent office -- that's gonna cost you!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 20th, 2014 @ 10:02am

      Re: List of people who should never go to movies

      Exactly!
      Best response of the day...

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:24am

    It's nice to see Depart of Homeland Security is the MPAA's whipping boy. Taking down Google Glass wearers, instead of looking for terrorists with bombs, or guys dressed up like the Joker with assault rifles.

    I'm surprised they didn't do this guy Kim Dotcom style, and have a swat team repel down on the movie theater roof with a UAV drone circling overhead.

    They're starting to lose their touch.

     

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      Niall (profile), Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 5:03am

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      Well, they got bored of looking for all the terrorists with bombs that aren't there, or even cooking up their own fake plots, so they obviously have to do something, or someone might decide they are 'non-essential' next furlough!

       

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    mr. sim (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:25am

    sounds to me like the guy was wearing google glass and someone in theater decided to illegally pretend to a federal agent and illegally kidnap the man thinking he was recording the movie. not showing the card is him going to sue the theater.

     

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      Rich, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 1:15pm

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      Not kidnap, but illegally detain.

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:44pm

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        From how he tells the story, it's not an illegal detention. It sounds like he didn't try to leave, even though he was informed (in the most intimidating way possible) that he could:

        What followed was over an hour of the “feds” telling me I am not under arrest, and that this is a “voluntary interview”, but if I choose not to cooperate bad things may happen to me


        As soon as the words "voluntary interview" came out of the "feds", he should have replied "I do not consent to this interview" and got up and left.

         

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          BeeAitch (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 5:20pm

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          As soon as the words "voluntary interview" came out of the "feds", he should have replied "I do not consent to this interview" and got up and attempted to leave.


          FTFY

          Excellent advice, but real life is sometimes different. I really doubt that he would've been able to just walk out.

           

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            That One Guy (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 8:13pm

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            Maybe not, but it would make it absolutely clear that you were being detained, despite what they might claim otherwise, and as long as you got a decent judge I don't imagine wrongful detainment/arrest would go over too well should the case go to court.

             

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    Me, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:37am

    Netflix

    This is why I get all my video entertainment from Netflix nowadays.

    I would rather support a business that "gets it" and does so for a reasonable price, than all those who don't.

    Cable tv and 400 forced channels I don't care for?

    Internet bandwidth throttling? Minuscule data caps?

    Overpriced movie theaters that treat customers as criminals?

    DVD's that cost more than a small car and with region restrictions at that?

    No thanks.

    Give me $8/month Netflix and I can find the 5-10 hours a week of video entertainment I need and go about my life.

     

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    Joseph, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:39am

    What a Maroon

    I will go to the movies and sit there pointing my turned-off camcorder at the screen. Then I will complain and whine like a baby when I am accused of recording the movie.

    Passive-aggressiveness at it's finest.

     

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      John Fenderson (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:46pm

      Re: What a Maroon

      Not passive-aggressive at all. What he did is not like bringing in a video camera and pointing at the screen -- that would be a deliberately provocative act. What he did was wear his prescription glasses.

       

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    Avantare, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:40am

    Papers please.

    Prove to me you're a legal LEO. If you can't or won't, I'm leaving.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:56am

      Re: Papers please.

      I hear there's a game about that...

       

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      Sunhawk (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:34pm

      Re: Papers please.

      My process if I get in this kind of situation...

      First question - "Am I being detained?"

      If the answer is yes, skip down to third question.

      If the answer is no, then second question - "Am I free to go?"

      If the answer is yes, then get up and leave; ignore whatever "... but BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU" is going to be added on. If those bad things can legitimately be done to you, they will be regardless of what you do; if they are law enforcement, they are indeed quite free to make empty promises to get some kind of confession.

      If the answer is no, then third question - "Under what authority are you detaining me?" or "Specifically what agency are you working for?"

      If the answer is not an agency with law enforcement powers, attempt to leave. If barred, note that preventing you from leaving constitutes false imprisonment. In some jurisdictions, if they forcibly move you to a different location (such as an office), then that can technically count as kidnapping*. False imprisonment can generally result in both criminal and civil complaints.

      *I am not a lawyer, so this is my layman's understanding.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:58am

    The cost alone of going to the theater has become similar to being on the wrong end of a gun by the time you work your way through the ticket booth and concession. Then you go in for your very own dose of commercials on your dime. Follow this by the sort of treatment shown from the article I read over at Torrentfreak about this and you come out with a simple equation. Being robbed with high prices for goods that are not worth that kind of money do not wind up being worth this sort of treatment.

    Any time a movie goer walks away from a theater with less than satisfaction the business has lost some customer good will. I have not set foot in a theater in years over bad viewing experiences. I have no plans to ever return as all the articles I read show it continues to degrade.

    Wake me up when these studios go bankrupt because they have no idea how to compete, how to treat their customers, and how to satisfy them.

    Does anyone think that this guy is eyeing his free tickets he got at the end when they figured out they made a mistake going to make up for his treatment?

     

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    Mike, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 11:58am

    I Called the Theater!

    True Story, Another Article! I Called the Theater they CONFIRMED by voice that it happened!
    http://phandroid.com/2014/01/20/fbi-google-glass-movie/

     

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    Dirkmaster (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:02pm

    I was going to ask...

    isn't ICE a division of Homeland Security? Aren't they the ones who really seem like they are the strongarm of the **AA?

    Looks like that's who it was:
    http://phandroid.com/2014/01/20/fbi-google-glass-movie/

    Dirkmaster

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:32pm

    "Update #4:

    The story has been confirmed. I just received this email from the author:

    Julie, Rob.

    I spoke with a reporter from Columbus Dispatch, who obtained a
    statement from DHS and forwarded it to me. Here it is:

    From: Walls, Khaalid H [mailto:Khaalid.H.Walls@ice.dhs.gov]
    Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:16 PM
    To: Allison Manning
    Subject: ICE

    H Ally,

    Please attribute the below statement to me:

    On Jan. 18, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations
    and local authorities briefly interviewed a man suspected of using an
    electronic recording device to record a film at an AMC theater in
    Columbus. The man, who voluntarily answered questions, confirmed to
    authorities that the suspected recording device was also a pair of
    prescription eye glasses in which the recording function had been
    inactive. No further action was taken.

    Khaalid Walls, ICE spokesman

    Khaalid Walls
    Public Affairs Officer
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    313-226-0726
    313-215-7657(m)"

    Source:
    http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls- fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:48pm

    Nothing like having your glasses rudely ripped off your face, humiliated in public, then offered two replacement tickets for the ones you already payed for. How's that for restitution!

    I guess we're not considered a police state, because offering to refund your ticket purchase doesn't happen in police states.

    I'm pretty sure this guys constitutional rights were violated. No "warrant". No "probable cause".

    This is exactly like New York. If you're in a public place, your possessions can be seized and searched based on nothing more than an officer's or movie theater employee's "suspicion" of you.

    Suspicion a much lower standard that probable cause. In this day and age in America, probable cause is basically dead. Hell, in some parts of Texas, police can run up in your house, and get a search warrant from the judge afterwards. And it's 100% legal!

    That's what this country is coming too.

     

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      Clownius, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 8:05pm

      Re:

      Giving someone free tickets for next time is not the same as a refund. They kept his money and said here come back for more we dare you.....

      If someone dragged me out of a theater for questioning mid movie i sure as shit wouldn't be going back for more.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:54pm

    "they seem to see everything as a black and white situation"

    You're being far too generous.
    They see everything as a black issue. Everyone is a pirate or potential pirate.

     

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    Me, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 1:23pm

    Wow

    Those follow-up stories make it even worse. The guy was treated like crap by a company that clearly doesn't value his patronage. I'll be sure to avoid AMC especially in the future. MPAA on site? Frak that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:15pm

    Theater managers should immediately alert law enforcement authorities whenever they suspect prohibited activity is taking place.


    I'm sorry, I didn't realize they could do anything in this clearly civil matter.

    I'm sure this will result in a lot of tired officers being called down to the movie theater when someone is caught texting on their phone.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:25pm

    Updated post

    Updated the post with the comments from AMC...

     

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    Mike, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:43pm

    Interrogated Movie Goer Hometown Paper Interview

    Homeland Security and AMC say the man was " Held Briefly" for a "Few Minutes" of questioning. Man claims over two hours until after 11pm at night in Hometown Newspaper interview http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/21/google-glass-at-easton-theater.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:44pm

    Unbelievable. I'm convinced this story is true now. American homeland security would be better served if taxpayer resources were deployed to go after real criminals hurting America's economy. Such as the corrupt banksters who received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts. All while average citizen's 401k plans tanked like a rock.

     

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    crade (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 2:52pm

    lol, love their terminology.. like everyone in the place wasn't a "guy with a potential recording device"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 3:25pm

    What do you think a police officer would do to this guy's Google Glasses, if he's wearing them while being arrested? I bet they'd either be smashed or totally erased "if" he were to get them back.

    Didn't Florida recently pass legislation, stating it's illegal to record a crime, because of those kids doing the "Knock Out" game.

    Keep that in mind while wearing Google Glasses in Florida. Additional charges will almost certainly be added if you accidentally record on-duty police officers with your glasses.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 4:25pm

    you want to watch your lying, people might stop listening to you if you keep making shit up Mr Masnick...

     

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    Androgynous Cowherd, Jan 21st, 2014 @ 8:12pm

    Business card

    Why would you redact contact info when posting a photo of a business card? It's a business card. Any contact info on a business card is deliberately being made public by whoever is listed on the card. It's not private or confidential at all.

     

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jan 21st, 2014 @ 10:38pm

      Re: Business card

      Why would you redact contact info when posting a photo of a business card? It's a business card. Any contact info on a business card is deliberately being made public by whoever is listed on the card. It's not private or confidential at all.

      Contact information can absolutely be private. If he gave the business card to one person that doesn't mean he meant for it to be public.

       

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        Androgynous Cowherd, Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 9:21am

        Re: Re: Business card

        In my experience you don't give a business card to "one person". You get batches of them made, because you have a business or business role that you're making public. They're supposed to be a form of advertisement.

         

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          John Fenderson (profile), Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 1:28pm

          Re: Re: Re: Business card

          Most of the time, yes. But not always.

          When I ran my own business, I had several different business cards, each aimed at a specific audience. To salesmen, I was the receptionist, to developers, I was the developer, etc. One of my cards was a "private" one that had back-channel contact information. Private email, cell phone, etc. This was absolutely not meant to be publicly available.

           

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            Androgynous Cowherd, Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Business card

            Then why did you print them? Who were they for?

             

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              John Fenderson (profile), Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 8:59am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Business card

              They were used for pretty much the same thing as old-timey calling cards. They were for people who I wanted to be able to contact me personally (home phone, personal email, etc.). It was a convenience so I didn't have to write all that stuff down. I could just hand them a card. (This was before smartphones existed.)

               

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                Androgynous Cowherd, Jan 24th, 2014 @ 11:05am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Business card

                Sounds like those weren't business cards, then, but ... I guess you could call them personal cards.

                 

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    preciousillusion, Jan 22nd, 2014 @ 9:20am

    Yesterday's headline:
    Cop defends gunning down unarmed man in a theatre."BUT IT LOOKED LIKE A GUN!!"

    Tomorrow's headline:
    Cop defends gunning down unarmed man in a theatre. "BUT IT LOOKED LIKE A SMARTPHONE!!"

     

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