The MPAA Officially Bans Google Glass and Similar Devices from Movie Theaters

The MPAA Officially Bans Google Glass and Similar Devices from Movie Theaters

Oct 30, 2014

Photo credit: Ted Eytan

The Motion Picture Association of America isn’t known for making friends with its policies and now the organization has a few more restrictions to throw at audiences. The industry group has banned “wearable devices” from theaters, meaning they must be powered off when the movie starts. It’s part of the MPAA’s continued effort to increase their antipiracy policies.

"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," the MPAA and National Association of Theatre Owners stated.

Lest you think this is a puny law that can be ignored (41 states have laws against in-theater recording, says Arts Technica), breaking it can cost you up to three years in prison. So what are some of the “wearable devices” being referred to in this zero-tolerance policy? You guessed it, Google Glass — already banned by companies like the Alamo Drafthouse.

It’s sad that patrons have to be patted down upon entering a theater (for guns and cameras), but look, it’s pretty simple: no one likes a talker, a texter or a pirate interrupting precious movie time. 




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