Sunday, August 5, 2007

Teen faces up to year in jail for recording 20 seconds of movie with phone

quoted from afterdawn
A teen girl in Texas was arrested and now faces up to a year in jail and a $2500 USD fine after recording a 20 second clip from the movie Transformers to show her little brother.

The girl recorded the clip on her phone and was arrested minutes later on the charges that she was a pirate. The girl, understandably was terrified. “I was crying, I’ve never been in trouble before.” She hoped to get her little brother hyped to go pay and see the movie by recording a small clip of the action.

Obviously the girl was not planning to sell the grainy 20 second clip, but the theater, in Arlington, did not care. Kendrick Macdowell, a representative National Association of Theater Owners said in a response: “We cannot educate theater managers to be judges and juries in what is acceptable. Theater managers cannot distinguish between good and bad stealing.”

Nothing else can be said on how disgusting this is, so I will leave this article with the hope that the judge throws this case out.

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