Earlier this year there was a lot of debate about whether or not cell phones should be allowed into movie theatres. Considering all the annoyances that can come from watching a movie in a public place, many theatre owners were wisely seeking ways to cut down on these frustrations to ensure the quality of the theatre-going experience. It only makes sense… after all, it’s so easy for people to watch movies at home nowadays, you had better make sure there aren’t any distractions when they decide to go to a theatre.
Well now it seems there may be yet another argument for banning cell phones in a movie theatre, and it’s a problem that can’t be solved with high-tech signal blocking paint. Cell phone video cameras can be used to record bootleg footage from a movie, and although current cell phones lack the storage space and the image quality to capture a full movie, the MPAA is starting to take notice. A guy in Taiwan is facing hard time after recording only a few minutes of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift onto his cell phone. While the MPAA is probably just making an example of the poor guy, the message is clear… recording a clip from a movie on your cell phone is indeed considered piracy. I personally have no problem with cell phones being banned outright, but it’s going to be a tough call because the younger generations are pretty damn attached to their personal electronics. Take away their right to text message, and you’ve just given them another reason to skip movies altogether. How do you feel about cell phones in movie theatres?» Related Link: Cinematical