In context: Remember when torrent sites were flooded with clips of new movie releases surreptitiously shot in theaters by people with cameras? The effect is like a grainy replica of the actual experience, with coughing, popcorn crunching, and bystanders blocking the screen while visiting the bathroom. The practice has become less popular, especially with so many cinemas around the world reopening recently, but it still happens, and the punishments can be harsh. In Japan, a man was arrested for filming an anime so he could supposedly rewatch it at home.
MBS News (via Kotaku) reports that the fifty-year-old man was arrested in Osaka for filming Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet in a mall theater using his smartphone. Other people noticed that the man was filming the anime, which he later admitted.
While most movies pirated in this way end up being shared online, the perpetrator said: “Because [the movie] It was interesting, I filmed it secretly so I could see it at home. “
The man was arrested and charged with violating the Japanese Copyright Law, a crime that can result in a prison sentence of up to ten years and massive fines.
Kotaku notes that the public service announcements in Japan warning against filming movies in theaters are much more interesting than the static screens full of text that most of the world sees. The updated version (above) could be better than the movie itself.
This sort of thing also happens in the US In 2017, two suspects were arrested on suspicion of filming Fate of the Furious at a Hoyts theater in Linthicum, Maryland.
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