Calgary man could get 5 years in Jail for taping a movie in a theatre

What is our justice system coming too? How is it that a guy that records a movie in a theater can get more jail time than a person[IMG]file:///C:/Users/terri/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/IMG] selling drugs to our children or rapists or people that are into child pornography. Yes it is wrong but it isn't physically hurting anyone, maybe it is hurting peoples bank accounts and yes it is morally wrong but where is the justice for the people that are truly suffering.[IMG]file:///C:/Users/terri/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.jpg[/IMG]Man charged for allegedly taping movie at theatre

Updated Thu. Jan. 17 2008 9:29 PM ET News
An Alberta man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught videotaping a movie at a Calgary theatre.
Calgary police say the man is charged with unauthorized recording of a movie following an alleged incident in December.
Police say they were called to a theatre in northeastern Calgary after someone called them about a suspicious person complaint. When they arrived at the theatre, police say they were given additional information by a member of a security company that had been investigating the suspect for the previous six months.
Officers then went into the theatre, where they say the suspect was allegedly recording the Tim Burton movie "Sweeney Todd" starring Johnny Depp with a concealed camcorder. Twenty-year-old Richard Craig Lissaman is facing charges under a new law passed last June.
"Anytime an individual goes into a movie theatre and captures a motion picture by way of photographic or video recording, it's now considered unlawful," Calgary Police Det. Asif Rashid told CTV Calgary.
Police say Lissaman is the first person in Alberta to face charges of illegally recording a movie and it's only the second time that such a charge has been laid in Canada. Those charged under the new law could face two years in jail.
Movie critic Rod Gustafson says the problem of illegal movie recording has become a big problem for moviemakers.
"This is becoming a major financial leak for the film industry," said Gustafson.
Industry insiders say some cities, such as Calgary, are well known for movie piracy. The industry has now started fighting back aggressively against the illegal practice.
"We started conducting a tremendous amount of training with theatres, surveillance in theatres in Calgary, and some other investigative actions as well," said Michael Robinson, director of anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Association of America.
Industry officials in the U.S. have long complained that Canada has been lax in curbing illegal recording of movies. They have claimed in the past that as much as 50 per cent of pirated movies have come from Canada. In 2006, Canada was placed on a watch list of countries that have not taken enough political action to cut down movie piracy.
"The costs of intellectual property lost by firms such as the Canadian Motion Picture Distribution Association are huge and those costs are passed on to movie theatres and consumers alike," said Rashid.
After his arrest, police executed a search warrant at Lissaman's home, where they seized computer and other electronic equipment.
With a report from CTV Calgary's Kevin Green
One: he's a stupid son of a. . .well, you know. There are people in theatres watching for exactly this. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Two: welcome to the new age of copyright protection, courtesy of heavy lobbying by American interests.

The article says a potential 2 years. Nevertheless, I don't have much sympathy for him.
He's a pirate, and is geting off easy. Remember, they used to hang his forbearers! In the other instances mentioned where lighter sentences were imposed, well, that's the option of the individual courts,isn't it?
I agree with the others.
The pirate knew what he was doing was illegal and now has to pay the consequences for his actions.
I have no sympathy for him either.
Theft is theft. Two years isn't that long and chances are he'll go into minimum security for the 2/3rds of the sentence he'll do. I suspect he will end up only doing weekends or it will be suspended and probation ordered.

It's not a huge crime like selling mail order seeds to Americans or anything.

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