It’s Official-Google Glass Banned From Movie Theatres
The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) have jointly announced that movie lovers who visit theatres wearing Google Glass will no longer be allowed to put it on why watching movies.
The Google Glass, which makes video recording very easy, and is great for home movies and vacation video, must not be used in all theatres across the United States, the two movie bodies have jointly announced.
The full statement reads thus:
“The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable “intelligent” devices. 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. If theater managers have indications that illegal recording activity is taking place, they will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate, who will determine what further action should be taken.”
The statement was jointly issued by both bodies last Wednesday as an update to their joint policy in order to prevent theft in theatres. The update prohibits all recordings by users equipped with all wearables including Google Glass in theatres.
At the start of the year, January to be precise, a man was questioned by agent of the Department of Homeland Security about whether he was illegally recording the film, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” at an AMC Theatres location in Columbus, Ohio
The new rule prohibits anyone wearing wearable to turn them off or get the boot, should there be sufficient to make theatre owners feel they are being used for recording of movies. NATO also said theatre owners may be forced to call the cops should there be any reason that points to a movie being recorded. There is actually nothing wrong in this move as recording movie in a theatre with wearables or a phone is illegal.
The Google Glass is a wearable that allows you to take pictures and record videos with ease. It was unveiled at a Google launch in 2012, and has generated a lot of excitements since then.