MPAA officially bans Google Glass and Galaxy Gear from theaters

MPAA officially bans Google Glass and Galaxy Gear from theaters
The MPAA absolutely hates piracy, and as far as the MPAA is concerned, piracy starts with someone illegally recording a movie in a theater. So, the logical conclusion is to ban any and all recording devices from movie theaters. Yesterday, the MPAA updated those regulations to specifically target Google Glass and other wearables.

The problem with the updated rules is that the language is relatively vague. The updated language has been expanded to say that "recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time". Obviously, this is meant to specifically target Google Glass, despite the fact that the Glass battery will die after about 30 minutes of continuous video recording, meaning you would need a team of about four people wearing Glass to capture a full movie. The new ruling also doesn't take into account anyone who has Glass attached to their prescription eyeglasses. We'd guess the MPAA is also now regulating that those people will have to carry a backup pair of glasses, or watch the movie blind. 

The other oddity with the language is that because of how vague it is, it technically also bans any smartwatch that can record video. The Samsung Gear line has a few smartwatches with video capture capability. Sure, you can only capture 15-seconds at a time (unless you get a 3rd party app), and only at 640x480 resolution. But, that could all be stitched together into a full bootleg, we guess. 

source: MPAA via PandoDaily



9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2564; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Maybe if movie theaters tackled the real problem of high costs people wouldn't be so inclined to want to engage in those types of activities. It seems like it was only a few years ago that you could go to a movie for just $5, and now they are charging anywhere between $10-$12 depending on where you are located.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Com'on Dr. Phil. You act like the mpaa isn't being reasonable in their pricing strategy....... Every knows they are just supporting the struggling artists of our generation. We should not only support them, but pay more than face value for our tickets because the content is just *that* good. /s Can RIAA and MPAA just die already.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Don't agree with the MPAA on much, but it is good to see more places banning the creeps that wear Google Glass.

7. stuyjcp

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

Glass could last longer than a half hour with a portable battery. Attach it to blanks (glasses that look like prescription glasses but don't alter vision), put the charger underneath your shirt, and you're good to go.

6. memerandroid

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

MPAA, you're drunk!!!!!

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

why not cellphone, they can record too..

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

People would actually get mad about that. Also, they're a lot more conspicuous to record with than something like Google Glass.

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Smartphones have been banned for a while, the new rules target wearables.

1. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Why would someone want to record a movie with a smart watch???

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5826; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Don't except logic from the MPAA or RIAA

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Why would anyone try to watch a movie that has been recorded with a smart watch? I feel like that would make them more likely to say "Eff it" and go watch it in theaters. It can't be even an adequate cinematic experience.

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