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Google Glass Banned in UK Cinemas Due to Piracy Fears



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It was just one week ago when Google Glass was opened up to UK residents, and it didn’t take long before there was a bit of fallout regarding the popular wearable.

Due to increased concern of film piracy, ‘Glassholes’ will not be allowed to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, it was recently announced.  The practice of camcording, which typically results in lower-quality pirated videos, is still a major concern to global movie trade industry groups – and there is concern that wearables provide a stealthy way to record.

Here is what Phil Clapp, Cinema Exhibitors’ Association said to The Independent: “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.”

Someone visiting the Leicester Square theater was ordered to remove Google Glass, indicating a trend that is likely to continue in the future for UK residents.

Movie trade group FACT issued this statement regarding Google Glass and similar disruptive technologies:

“Developments in technology have led to smaller, more compact devices which have the capability to record sound and vision, including most mobile phones.  FACT works closely with cinema operators and distributors to ensure that best practice is carried out to prevent and detect illegal recordings taking place.”

An incident in a theater in the United States led the FBI to remove a man from the building, because staff thought he was trying to illegally film a movie.

Thank you to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

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  • Alistair Hardy

    Because we’re going to spend £1000 to pirate a film in low quality…

    • Wayne

      Well if you were silly enough to buy those things for 1000 smackers in the first place then you have to try offset your loss somehow.

      • Alistair Hardy

        I was going to say Touché but you still have to pay to get into the cinema to record the film in the first place. And then you have to pay for the over priced, stale popcorn.