Ohio resident was wearing Google Glass in the cinema and got pulled out by the FBI, being accused of recording the movie. He was interrogated for three hours.
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Man was wearing Google Glass while watching a screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. One hour into the movie a federal agent approached him and pulled him out for an interrogation. According to this person who wants to remain anonymous, his glasses had prescription lenses.
"A guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says 'follow me outside immediately.'" They went outside where a group of police officers was waiting.
T.U. tried to explain that his $1500 Google Glass was fitted with prescription lenses, but the outcome was different than what he expected. Policemen searched him and took more of his stuff including personal phone, wallet and work phone. He states both phones were turned off, same as Google Glass. They didn’t believe him apparently.
Whether he was telling the truth, or just tried to cover the use of Google Glass to record a movie is still to be found out. The police will scan the confiscated belongings to see if movie was recorded on any of them.
After a search, it was proven that T.U. hasn’t recorded anything on his devices. “The FBI guy finally connected my Glass to the computer, downloaded all my personal photos and started going though them one by one (although they are dated and it was obvious there was nothing on my Glass that was from the time period they accused me of recording). Then they went through my phone, and 5 minutes later they concluded I had done nothing wrong.”
When it was all over, a man from the “Movie Association” spoke to T.U. and told him that they had problems with people recording at their cinema. He was offered free passes to see the Jack Ryan movie again.
An AMC spokesman has confirmed the story saying that “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.”
As you can see, wearing cool gadgets and even having your phone in the cinema can get you into a trouble. This was not the first time that Google Glass created problems for its wearer. Seems that AMC movie theatres even banned this gadget.
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