Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, enforcement, movie theaters

Companies:
cinemark, mpaa



Cinemark Tosses Elderly Woman Out Of Theater, Claiming She Was Filming A Movie With Her Phone

from the punchline:-she-wasn't dept

The MPAA has been pushing its strict take all prisoners approach to force movie theaters into pissing off nearly all movie goers by wildly accusing anyone with a mobile phone of destroying the entire US economy. Or something like that. We've already seen theaters call in Homeland Security when a guy so much as dared to wear his Google Glass during a movie. And now, the latest story of MPAA-driven excess, as revealed by TorrentFreak, involves Cinemark ejecting an elderly woman because she had an old "brick, slider-type" mobile phone, which her husband handed to her as he had to leave. There is also a theory that someone else in the theater saw her theater-provided closed captioning device and assumed that it was a recording device. Either way, the lady (who is not a fluent English speaker, and had trouble understanding the commotion) was ejected from the theater, even though theater employees realized she was not recording the movie.

Phew! Another pirate stymied!

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2014 @ 9:01pm

    Re: Re: Here is an idea...

    Actually yes, shame on the theater for this IF THE THEORY of this being the case is true.

    That still does not change my opinion on inconveniencing others for their benefit. I think a good remedy would be for theater operators to provide a special showing where these devices are allowed and that patrons are notified so that they can opt to avoid these disruptions.

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