Five ‘Transformers’ pirates arrested

Viewers recording film with camcorders, phones

The Motion Picture Assn. of America and the Natl. Assn. of Theatre Owners have announced that five arrests have been made recently for illegal camcording of “Transformers” in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and New York.

The first arrest was made in the Bronx with the defendant being the first to be charged under an amended law that increases penalties for illegal camcording with the defendant facing up to six months imprisonment, fines up to $5,000 and a civil penalty up to $5,000.

The other arrests involved camcording using a camera/video phone in El Centro, Calif.; a cell phone in Addison, Ill.; a camera in Orlando, Fla.; and a camera in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The orgs said camcorders supply more than 90% of newly released movies that illegally end up on the Internet and in street markets.

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