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Google Glass movie theater: Police fear piracy, detain man wearing Glass in film

A Google Glass movie theater complaint left a man detained by officials this week after wearing the modern technological equipment to an Ohio cinema during the film. Police fear that piracy may result from wearing advanced eyewear like the Google Glass into a locale like a movie theater or a venue where recording devices are not allowed. PC World News shares this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, that Department of Homeland Security authorities were questioning the man over the incident, and whether he indeed had his Google Glass “active” for possible illicit purposes during the flick.

The Google Glass, a modern form of eyewear
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The Google Glass and a movie theater don’t seem to mesh well — eyewear should be used for sight-enhancing or 3D intentions only, really — while privacy worries in particular have been raised by the new Google product, as well as its potential implications for piracy. Copyright infringement is the latest battle that early users of this device must be wary of, as a man who recently wore his Glass to a movie theater in Ohio was allegedly detained and then interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security.

The reason the individual appears to have been brought in for questioning is due to a fear that the product could be used to illegally record movies without any handheld or obvious devices at the cinema.

However, the man has apparently been found innocent, as authorities for the MPAA affirmed that no recording activity or copyright infringement intention was found in this specific case.

“A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America, which works closely with theaters all over the U.S. to curb camcording and “theater-originated piracy,” said Tuesday that no such activity was uncovered. The Department of Homeland Security did not comment.”

According to a Gadgeteer account on the Google Glass movie theater case, an unidentified Google Glass user was visiting an Ohio AMC theater this weekend to watch a new movie with his family.

“Because I don’t want Glass to distract me during the movie, I turn them off (but since my prescription lenses are on the frame, I still wear them [at the theater]),” the man said to the site.

Police released him from detainment once the officials ascertained that he had not used the Google product to somehow record the film or violate any privacy (or piracy) laws.

”Google Glass is an incredible innovation in the mobile sphere, and we have seen no proof that it is currently a significant threat that could result in content theft,” the MPAA spokesman concluded.

A young woman also went to court last week after getting a ticket while driving wearing the Google Glass. She pleaded not guilty to the charge.