Copyright

by Mike Masnick


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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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    PaulT (profile), 2 May 2014 @ 3:36am

    "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."

    Well, if that's true, it's really the logical conclusion to this bullshit. They've got themselves so scared of the boogeyman they created, they're directly attacking their own customers because they *might* have been doing something wrong. They didn't bother to even confirm what was happening, they just ejected a legal patron quite possibly not breaking the law in any way, and have lost at least one customer in the process.

    The best part of this is that, whatever the truth, these actions are meaningless. If the movie was on general release, it was almost certainly available online long before this woman ever bought a ticket, and probably in a higher quality format.

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