California Cracks Down on Video Pirates

posted by Patrick Crowley on December 11, 2003 at 10:01 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — a new California state law, set to become active on January 1, will make recording a feature film with a camcorder a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500, according to a report in

The law, signed by former governor Gray Davis, is designed to cut down on illegal recording activity in movie theaters, which is considered to be a primary source of bootleg movies sold on street corners in DVD form or downloaded from the Internet.

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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on December 11, 2003 at 10:13 am

Somewhat comically, the law also encourages moviegoers to make a citizen’s arrest if they see someone making an illegal recording.

I can just see it now… “Put the videocamera on the ground and your hands in the air, punk!”

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