Google Glass moviegoer interrogated by FBI at theatre


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Google Glass moviegoer interrogated by FBI at theatre

Todd Cunningham, TheWrap.com

Jan 22, 2014 , Last Updated: 5:31 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – A moviegoer wearing Google Glass was removed from an AMC Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, and questioned for an hour by federal authorities before being released after they determined he wasn’t recording “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”
The incident came to light when the man, writing anonymously on The Gadgeteer, told of being targeted on Saturday night with his wife:
“About an hour into the movie, a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘Follow me outside immediately.’ It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theatre there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops.”
AMC responded on Tuesday, in a statement to TheWrap.
“Movie theft is something we take very seriously, and our theatre managers contact the Motion Picture Association of America anytime it’s suspected that someone may be illegally recording content on screen,” a spokesman for the theatre chain said.
“While we’re huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theatre. At AMC Easton 30 last weekend, a guest was questioned for possible movie theft after he was identified wearing a recording device during a film.
“The presence of this recording device prompted an investigation by the MPAA, which was on site. The MPAA then contacted Homeland Security, which oversees movie theft. The investigation determined the guest was not recording content.“
The interrogation went on for more than an hour, said the patron.
“I was searched and more stuff was taken away from me (specifically my personal phone, my work phone - both of which were turned off, and my wallet). After an embarrassing 20-30 minutes outside the movie theatre, me and my wife were conducted into two separate rooms in the ‘management’ office of Easton Mall, where the guy with the badge introduced himself again and showed me a different ID.“
He said the interrogating officer identified himself as “Bob Hope“ of the “movie association.“
“Eventually, after a long time somebody came with a laptop and an USB cable at which point he told me it was my last chance to come clean. I repeated for the hundredth time there is nothing to come clean about and this is a big misunderstanding so the FBI guy finally connected my Glass to the computer, downloaded all my personal photos and started going though them one by one (although they are dated and it was obvious there was nothing on my Glass that was from the time period they accused me of recording). Then they went through my phone, and 5 minutes later they concluded I had done nothing wrong.“
He said they gave him four free passes to another movie at AMC for his trouble. But he didn’t get an apology, and that made him mad.
“All he said was AMC called him, and he called the FBI. I would have been fine with ‘I’m sorry this happened, please accept our apologies.’ Four free passes just infuriated me.“


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The FBI, MPAA and Homeland Security. Thank God they were there!
 
Tecumsehsbones
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You know that FBI "criminal and civil penalties for piracy" thing at the beginning of rental DVDs?

Well, now you know they're not kidding.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

You know that FBI "criminal and civil penalties for piracy" thing at the beginning of rental DVDs?

Well, now you know they're not kidding.

For sure, but they're also quite uncivil and at times, quite barbaric. Needlessly so.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

For sure, but they're also quite uncivil and at times, quite barbaric. Needlessly so.

Yeah, well, Hoover's boys. You expected maybe tea and crumpets?
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Yeah, well, Hoover's boys. You expected maybe tea and crumpets?

Not really. But then I'd make a bet that the mafia would be more civil (at least polite).
 
Cliffy
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FBI: Federal Bureau of Intimidation. I have an FBI ball cap. I love wearing it just to see the reactions I get.
 
spaminator
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its a good thing this didn't take place in new mexico. they might have checked his anus for a recording device.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

its a good thing this didn't take place in new mexico. they might have checked his anus for a recording device.

Stranger things have been found hiding up the Hershey bar road. Just ask an emergency room nurse or doctor some time. They have many fascinating tales of rectal repositories. In some social circles, gerbals are fashionable.
 
tay
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So this is the best use of the FBI?

What about the terrorists....................?
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

So this is the best use of the FBI?

What about the terrorists....................?

they are more interested in terrorizing recordists.
 
shadowshiv
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I'm so glad they were there to make sure no shenanigans were going on. In the grand scheme of things, and with what has happened in movie theaters in the past few years, I can't really get too upset with people copying movies.
 
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