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[Movies] Google Glass User Questioned By Homeland Security at Movie Theater
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.21.2014

If you've ever wondered how to make the government spring into action quickly, the answer has been found: just appear to be committing movie piracy. The Gadgeteer reports that a man in Columbus, Ohio was removed from an AMC movie theater by officials from the Department of Homeland Security for wearing a Google Glass headset into a screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

The story goes like this: the man in question (who is not named) went in to watch the film with his wife and was wearing the headset with the head-mounted display turned off. About an hour into the film the two were removed from the theater by Homeland Security agents who then searched and interrogated him. The man said in an email to the site, "What followed was over an hour of the 'feds' telling me I am not under arrest, and that this is a 'voluntary interview,' but if I choose not to cooperate bad things may happen to me." The man says he was there for about three and a half hours all in all and that he has worn the headset in the past without incident; they have prescription lenses in them which is why he continued to wear them.

No evidence of recording was found and the couple were released with two free movie passes.

AMC Theaters sent IGN the following statement about the incident:

Movie theft is something we take very seriously, and our theater managers contact the Motion Picture Association of America anytime it's suspected that someone may be illegally recording content on screen. While we're huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theatre. At AMC Easton 30 last weekend, a guest was questioned for possible movie theft after he was identified wearing a recording device during a film. The presence of this recording device prompted an investigation by the MPAA, which was on site. The MPAA then contacted Homeland Security, which oversees movie theft. The investigation determined the guest was not recording content.

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also issued the following statement to Gadgeteer:

On Jan. 18, special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and local authorities briefly interviewed a man suspected of using an electronic recording device to record a film at an AMC theater in Columbus. The man, who voluntarily answered questions, confirmed to authorities that the suspected recording device was also a pair of prescription eye glasses in which the recording function had been inactive. No further action was taken.


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