Following the arrest of a 19 year old for recording a clip of “The Transformers” at a Regal Cinema in Virginia, movie news blog /Film has called for a boycott of the national chain, including five theatres in the Los Angeles area.
A 19 year old girl named Jhannet Sejas was immediately arrested after she recorded a 20 second clip from the movie Transformers that she wanted to show to her little brother. She now faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine…
…A “zero-tolerance policy at the theater level” is ridiculous, and I encourage /Film readers to stay away from Regal until they decide to change their policy and reverse their decision.
After potting Sejas recording the screen with her PowerShot camera, a Regal employee notified his manager who in turn called police, who showed up minutes later. The officers confiscated the camera and ecorted Sejas and her date from the theatre and charged her with “illegally recording a motion picture.”
/Film defends Sejas by pointing out this was only a 20 second clip that she couldn’t have ever profited from.
On a side note, when I sarcastically commented that people like Sejas should be thrown in jail even for texting friends during movies, one commenter replied:
I dont know what kind of phone makes that much noise when people text that it would annoy you to the point that it should become a crime, people do it all the time here and no one hears a thing.