Theater posters take aim at pirates

MPAA, NATO team to send message

Camcording pirates just got their own movie posters, which they will likely see displayed right alongside posters of pics they’d like to camcord.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America and the National Assn. of Theater Owners announced on Thursday a joint effort to remind would-be bootleggers that camcording in a cinema is a federal offense that could bring jail time as well as a $250,000 penalty.

NATO-member theaters will display a pair of posters containing this warning. Both resemble movie posters.

One ominously reads: “Lights. Camera. Busted.” The other: “Leave Your Camera at Home. Do Not Record in this Theatre.”

“More than 90% of newly released movies that end up on the Internet or in street markets around the world can be sourced to a single illegally camcorded movie from a movie theater,” said MPAA topper Dan Glickman in a statement. “With these posters, we want to remind would-be camcord thieves that they can face serious consequences for engaging in this illegal activity and remind moviegoers to report any suspicious activity to theater management.”

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