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Friday, May 25, 2007

Hunting Movie Pirates with Night-Vision Goggles

Night vision goggles are no longer just being used by soldiers and military contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan to fight the "war on terror"; they may be coming soon to a theater near you--literally.

Cinemas in Malaysia are taking the issue of movie piracy very seriously, training ushers to use night vision goggles to monitor the audience for signs of the handheld digital recorders and cellphone cameras used to make illegal copies of movies.

So far it has been a resounding success with the capture of 17 people in the past two months while attempting to record copies of movies like Spider-Man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The Malaysian authorities are attempting to curtail movie piracy in order to ease free-trade talks with the US.

With the kind of success they are seeing in Malaysia, might we see movie theaters in other countries follow suit?

Image credit: Flickr


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