Piracy concerns spur Google Glass, wearables ban in movie theaters

When it comes time to date night on Friday and you're ready for that dinner and a movie, be sure not to don Google's wearable Glass to the theaters, no matter how cool and fashionable you think the eyeglasses may be. Inconsistent rules and a new wave of piracy concern is now spurring a hard ban on Google Glass and other wearable devices in movie theaters. The ban is created by the National Association of Theatre Owners and the Motion Picture Association of America.

Here's the full statement from the MPAA:

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.

So if you're trying to impress with your latest geek chic fashion, just remember to remove them before headed into that feature presentation in the theater.

Source: Variety

Chuong H Nguyen