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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters 357

An anonymous reader writes: The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the National Association of Theater Owners, have banned Google Glass and similar devices from being in movie theaters. They said, "As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown. As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time. Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave." This is a change from the MPAA's stance earlier this year that Glass was "no threat" in terms of copyright infringement. A spokesman said the ban is geared toward combating more sophisticated wearables in the future.
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

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  • Just like all of those cams on the Piratebay, good luck enforcing this one. I'll wait for the movie to hit HBO and Cinemax before dropping 15$ on a ticket.
  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @11:41AM (#48279351) Homepage Journal

    I don't like people being able to surreptitiously record things; I don't like the MPAA or RIAA on principle alone (they're leaches sucking blood from the artists.)

    So I've no sympathy for either side in this debate. I think they're both wrong.

    • The THEATER ITSELF surreptitiously records you. Your ATM records you, most business record you. You are surreptitiously recorded all the time, what is your beef with personal recording?
      • by arth1 ( 260657 )

        The THEATER ITSELF surreptitiously records you. Your ATM records you, most business record you. You are surreptitiously recorded all the time, what is your beef with personal recording?

        You appear to think that people think other surveillance is okay. To many of us, it isn't, and we treasure having a "reasonable expectation of privacy". In most of the world except USA and UK, that includes in public places.

        Freedom without privacy is a hollow freedom. Cameras restrict the individual as much as batons do.

      • by Khyber ( 864651 )

        "The THEATER ITSELF surreptitiously records you."

        Which, funnily enough, means you have the right to record back in some states.

  • It will be fun to see this go up against the Americans With Disabilities Act (et al) in court in a few weeks/year when citizens rely on digital devices to augment their biology.

    EG, as soon as my spectacles have on-board tech this fails fast.

    Hey, would someone get on that? Why can't I snap picks like Spider yet?

    hth
    adric

    • It will be fun to see this go up against the Americans With Disabilities Act (et al) in court in a few weeks/year when citizens rely on digital devices to augment their biology.

      https://www.vsp.com/google-gla... [vsp.com]
      Done.

    • Re:Laywer fight (Score:4, Interesting)

      by SenatorPerry ( 46227 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @12:24PM (#48279879)
      Just to add,

      This isn't a future issue. I have prescription frames that I use with my Google Glass. Those glasses are my only glasses with my current prescription. The Google Glass is actually one arm of the frame, so you can't remove it and still use the glasses. To tell me that I can not wear the Google Glass in the theatre means that it would eliminate my mechanism to correct my near-sightedness.

      I am happy to turn the Glass off at a movie. I do the same at other performances that do not allow videos/photos. My cellphone is turned off. Why do I have to remove my glasses completely? It is okay though. I will stay at home instead. Someday we all will have something similar to Google Glass. It may not seem like it and it may have to come from someone other than Google, but the experience and benefits will one day compel us all as the cell phone does today.
      • Re:Laywer fight (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Holi ( 250190 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @12:52PM (#48280249)

        Wait you could afford a $1500 Google Glass but you cannot afford a set of normal frames? You sir have screwed up priorities.

  • by The Good Reverend ( 84440 ) <michael @ m i c h r i s . com> on Friday October 31, 2014 @11:45AM (#48279409) Journal

    So I can't use Google Glass, but I'm free to bring in my smart phone, which has an HD camera and likely better quality? Good work there, MPAA.

    • You got mislead by the trollish title. They didn't ban people from bringing in a Google Glass, you just have to put it away and not wear/use it during the movie. Just like a cellphone. The theaters forbid you from holding up your cellphone and recording currently also.

    • by creimer ( 824291 )
      Some of the newer theaters are blocking cellphone reception inside the building. If you want to use your cellphone for voice and/or data, you need to step outside of the building to pick up reception. I guess this prevents someone with a wireless camera from transmitting to a recording device in the parking lot.
      • by Aaden42 ( 198257 )

        Because the 128GB of flash in your phone isn’t enough to cap a two hour movie without a network connection? Math much?

        I don’t spend two hours in places that have no reception. It doesn’t happen. Yes, my phone is on silent & in my pocket. No, I don’t pull it out & light up the screen in the middle of the show. But if one of a handful of distinctive vibrate patterns goes off while I’m watching the film, I’m out the door in the lobby to answer it before it stops

    • No, you're also required to turn off your phone and put it away. This is no different.

      Btw, this thread is a good argument to ban ACs. So many of the entitled nitwits in this thread are posting as AC.
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @11:50AM (#48279473)

    Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket for about ten bucks, then suffering for 3 hours in 100+ degrees heat to ensure you need to buy something to drink, sitting and standing in the leftovers of the previous show and getting to choose to either not understanding any dialogue or getting a tinnitus from explosions and music (or rather, having that choice being made for you)...

    Seriously? Anyone still masochist enough for that "authentic experience"?

    • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

      Perhaps you should find a better theater to go to. The last movie I went to, St. Vincent, was quite enjoyable. Heard everything quite clearly. Temperature was quite comfortable. My feet didn't stick to the floor. I must have waited a whole 3 minutes for my tickets, but most of that was because the printer was misbehaving. The $10 was more than I like to spend, but aside from that I didn't have a problem.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by redmid17 ( 1217076 )
      Where the fuck are you going to see movies? Seriously I have no idea.

      Are you going to a circle of hell that only caters to people who don't like movie theathers because almost nothing you've described accurately resembles a movie theater run in the last 50 years except maybe the price and cleanliness.
    • by ortholattice ( 175065 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @12:20PM (#48279845)

      Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket [...]

      "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." - Yogi Berra

    • Seriously? Anyone still masochist enough for that "authentic experience"?

      There's a handful of movies I still want to see in the cinema ... lately, mostly stuff put out by Marvel and other blockbusters.

      But, increasingly, I simply don't go. I wait until it comes out on BluRay, watch it in my leather recliner, where I can pause, drink beer, and not have to deal with everyone else in the cinema.

      I figure for the price of two people going to the cinema, buying the overpriced snacks, and all of the other stuff ..

    • Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket for about ten bucks

      I have NEVER waited more than about 5 minutes for a movie ticket ever. Not once in over 40 years.

      then suffering for 3 hours in 100+ degrees heat

      Ohh bullshit. Movie theaters are almost always too cold if anything.

      Anyone still masochist enough for that "authentic experience"?

      We can talk about it when you actually describe one. I get people not liking the experience at a movie theater but it's nothing like the nonsense you were claiming.

    • by Rinikusu ( 28164 )

      I buy my tickets online, but even when I don't I can't count the last time it took me 30 minutes to get a movie ticket. I go to the movies around 5-8 times a month and generally have a great time. Dont' know what bug crawled up your ass.

    • Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket for about ten bucks, then suffering for 3 hours in 100+ degrees heat to ensure you need to buy something to drink, sitting and standing in the leftovers of the previous show and getting to choose to either not understanding any dialogue or getting a tinnitus from explosions and music (or rather, having that choice being made for you)...

      I went to see Gone Girl in a UK cinema a couple of weeks ago. Ticket and food purchases were quick (although shockingly expensive), there

    • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Friday October 31, 2014 @12:42PM (#48280131) Homepage Journal

      Waiting half an hour to buy a ticket for about ten bucks, then suffering for 3 hours in 100+ degrees heat

      We should go see the Wizard of Oz to add some more strawman to this argument.

    • "Anyone still going to the movies?" Answer: yes [statista.com].
    • by ogdenk ( 712300 )

      Seriously? Anyone still masochist enough for that "authentic experience"?

      Nope, I either wait for a DVD release or I acquire it through other means if I want HD quality as I refuse to ever own a BluRay player.

    • I'm usually suffering from hypothermia by the end of the movie. I do agree with the tinnitus though.
  • by iamacat ( 583406 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @11:51AM (#48279485)

    They could have embraced new technology by releasing a multi-language subtitles glass app. Instead, they further alienate people to combat an unrealistic threat. Early gadget adopters may not be numerous, but they have outsized influence in creating trends. In this case, trends towards not going to movie theaters.

    • Early gadget adopters may not be numerous, but they have outsized influence in creating trends.

      And very nice home theather systems...

    • by MacTO ( 1161105 )

      That is actually a very good idea, and it is something that I would appreciate given that I sometimes have difficulty hearing dialogue over background noise.

      However, that would also entail some sort of arrangement between device manufacturers and theaters since the only way it's going to happen is if they're guaranteed that the device cannot record audio and video in the theater. While I'm not against that in principle, I am against it in practice. (Telling a device, "no recording," is one thing. The lay

    • Alas, the largest non-enlish-speaking markets all dubb the Hollywood films, and the english-speaking markets don't have much interest in non-english films. Such an app, although cool and much needed, has a very small market.

      • by iamacat ( 583406 )

        Do you think Silicon Valley is not an important market? English is a second language for half the folks here, and frankly many movies are noisy enough that native speakers with perfect hearing can't follow the dialog.

    • Haven't been to a movie in over 10 years.

      I do have a very nice home theater; I'm guessing over that span it was cheaper.

      Hope the theater operators enjoy the grave the MPAA is helping them dig. They can get cozy with the cable operators next door..

  • Is there even a market for movies pirated using a Google glass? Seems like it would be one of the most shaky, poor quality videos in existence. I've seen some actual "cam" movies before and even those were very difficult to watch. I'm thinking the only loss in profits they're going to be seeing from Google glass users is that a lot of them will no longer come to see movies in theaters
  • The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the National Association of Theater Owners, have banned Google Glass and similar devices from being in movie theaters.

    It reads like the MPAA are the ones mainly doing the banning, but I'm curious to know if they actually have any real power in the matter, or whether it really all lies with the National Association of Theater Owners.

    If a theatre isn't part of NATO (hah) will they still have to follow the MPAA's ruling on this?

    • Even NATO members are not required to follow the policy:

      Despite the voluntary nature of the ban, NATO — yes, the theater owners group calls itself NATO — expects most of its 32,000 theaters will adopt the policy.

  • by jonr ( 1130 )

    I don't even spend my precious bandwidth on camera recorded movies... But if some MPAA lawyer want's make his job look more important, then kudos for him...

  • Screw the cinema (Score:2, Informative)

    Last time I tried to go to a film with my sons they wouldn't let me bring in my own bottle of water. Got a refund and I'm never going back. I don't need to go to the cinema. I get the lame ass films for free if I want. But these days since their output is so bad I don't even bother. Some time in the future it will be mandated that your eyes be gouged out and your ears deafened before you enter the theatre. Three cheers for the MPAA! Sieg...
  • Because "cams" are so great, the only thing better would be one that included EVERY SINGLE MOVEMENT OF THE WEARER'S HEAD. Fucking A.

  • In a few years the miniaturization of components is going to make this difficult if not impossible to enforce. If you can't distinguish a regular pair of glasses from these devices...
  • Quite apart from how horrible it would be to try to watch a movie recorded by a camera the width of a matchstick that's strapped to a person's head while they watch the movie, does Google Glass even have the battery life to record a full movie? It seems like this is a symbolic gesture by the MPAA. I get that long-term battery life will probably improve, but why not wait until something is actually a problem before sending out press releases that might annoy your customers?
  • While Google Glass is not an FDA approved medical device, it can contain medical devices such as prescription lenses.

    Additionally, it is used by people suffering from various medical conditions as an assistive device.

    Not only do they run the risk of being sued for discriminating against those with disabilities, but it seems unlikely that someone intent on pirating movies would choose to wear expensive, conspicuous Google glasses with their bright-red "record" LED on the front when there are much cheaper and

  • Google Glass even when heavily modified cant record more than a couple of minutes. Are these people complete morons?

    They should ban the Samsung top of the line Smartwatch as it has a camera on it ZOMG!!!! it can be used to violate the precioussssssss.....

  • by tsa ( 15680 )

    I have the impression that Google Glass is already 'out' before it's even being sold.

  • by Bill_the_Engineer ( 772575 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @12:52PM (#48280259)

    we paid money to watch a movie and are instead distracted by the texting and one-sided phone conversations.

    Texting wouldn't be so bad if they just mute the damn alert tone and stop reading their texts out loud.

  • Scan for copyrighted material while in record. Emit continuous high pitched screech through bone conductor speaker if in violation.

    .
  • by Ol Olsoc ( 1175323 ) on Friday October 31, 2014 @07:28PM (#48284469)
    Does anyone go to movies in theaters any more?

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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