PirateEye – Another Way Of Saying “Big Brother Is Watching You”
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In an attempt to stop illegal taping in movie theaters, major studios are funding with more than $5 million a surveillance company to mount cameras and catch pirates.
The company installs five-inch cameras weighing 14.5 pounds in movie theaters. The cameras will send out beams of light to capture on film three to six seats at a time. Furthermore, the company is usually installing the cameras at premiers and press screenings, Brian Dunn – CEO of PirateEye – said at a presentation at the exhibition trade show CinemaCom on Wednesday.
The goal is to make bag checks and metal detectors obsolete at such events. In the near future the system could be used by theater owners to discourage and catch pirates who are trying to illegally tape movies and, why not, stop the rude behavior like texting or talking on cellphones.
While certain people who like going to the movies may not be comfortable with the idea of being taped, Dunn claims that there should be no privacy concerns.
“The purpose of PirateEye is to not have another person look at you suspiciously if you haven’t done anything wrong,” Dunn said.
If the cameras do not catch anyone, the images are destroyed. At the time, the system covers 80% of industry screenings; Dunn believes that 1,000 systems could be installed worldwide in the next 18 months.
The system has already proved its usefulness at CinemaCon’s industry presentation, as a high-profile “pirate” was snatched earlier this week.
On Monday, Mitch Neuhauser – CinemaCom’s managing director – announced that a person was captured trying to illegally record Paramount’s presentation to exhibitors and was placed in police custody.
With that said, all we can add is this: Illegal camcorders, be careful!