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Movie theaters to use emotion-detecting anti-piracy cameras

By Matthew ยท 67 replies
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    thats creepy having a camera on you while you watch a movie lol

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,154   +394

    Wow... what a waste of time and money. Seriously... all these ****-blocks in the MPAA are a bunch of greedy dishonest no good chumps if you ask me. Look I understand and respect getting paid for the film some creators made being distributed through you, and trying to prevent those from distributing it for free without your consent. But this is going too far... you want people to stop pirating movies? Lower the pricing of your distribution rights and stop being so damn greedy. A much lower and reasonable cost of movies in physical media, online streaming, or movie theaters will have a considerably better effect on deterring would-be piraters. On top of this, embrace low cost distribution schemes for online streaming for Netflix and the like. This WILL work if you get the costs down to see and buy movies. Why? Because the two primary reasons people pirate a movie is because 1. it is free, and 2. it is easy. If you make the costs reasonable so people feel a movie is worth their money, and you make it easy for them to obtain the movie, they will be a LOT less likely to want to get a pirated copy of the movie.

    It's really simple... get it through your thick heads. You can't rip people off forever, it is just as morally wrong as pirating a movie.

  3. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    im ok with this as long as the movie is free... wait a minute
  4. Jetatt23

    Jetatt23 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    This technology seems to assume that pirates who are recording movies won't show emotion during the movie. Does this mean that somebody who isn't into the movie will set off the detector and get questioned about his/her motives? This doesn't seem right to me, even though I don't really mind my internet privacy.
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    They are taking it waaay too far, not liking the idea at all!
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,513   +2,307

    Well, there is the messy business of being filmed playing, "how many fingers am I holding up", with your girlfriend. Bet her parents can't wait until that hits Youtube.....
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I can see them using this in a free preview, its really no different (albeit creepy) then you filling out the survey, and the crew/stuido members in the audience that are watching the audience for reactions. Its no different than a director looking to see who laughs at what parts, just a bit more scientific.

    But outside of free previews I would never agree to pay money while being monitored for my reactions. If I'm paying you, you're not getting any extra information out of me for free.
  8. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    My take on this is if u have purchasing power then lets not pirate. But there are many public who wants to watch and get some entertain and at the same time they dont hav deep pockets to spend so what about those ppl. Who will think abt them if not the film industry? This is where these general public support piracy. And there will be continued demand for the same until or unless these costs doesnt come down significantly. Not everyone is born millionaire.
  9. IkarugaShiver

    IkarugaShiver TS Rookie Posts: 19

    ^This. Seriously, I will always wait for the movie to come out on DVD *cough* rather than deal with the dreadful AV quality inherent to camcorders -___-
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    This is a joke right? Is it April again already?
  11. arod916

    arod916 TS Member Posts: 22

    Im gunna be pissed when they try to sell the video of me and my girl making out in the back lol!
  12. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    Imagine this technology being used to prevent the piracy of a remake of George Owell's 1984.

  13. maestromasada

    maestromasada TS Rookie Posts: 92

    this is the most stupid idea I have ever heard, like we all agree. What happens if you are watching a film about people who illegally record video on cimenas, what the emotions will be recorded by the cameras?? aha,aha major flaw!

    anyway, most of the piracy films are liked long before they reach the big audience and being broadcast in cinemas
  14. lyladeeasperin

    lyladeeasperin TS Rookie

    Hahaha. this is no good for teens who do romance in the theater!
    On the other hand, it is actually a brilliant idea. It is just like the scanner in International airports. I really don't care if they can see the you know for as long as it is for the security of our country!
  15. lyladeeasperin

    lyladeeasperin TS Rookie

    Hmmm. For me, it's a pro to prevent piracy.
  16. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    It's weird and creepy.
  17. dlen

    dlen TS Rookie Posts: 32

    This is insane. What's next? Stripping down people before entering the cinema? They don't want to record the movie but they record and process people's faces. I don't want to be regestered in database that I visited cinema on e.g. Thursday afternoon an my emotions were not so good.
  18. aalsheh

    aalsheh TS Rookie

    so, this'll work in places like the US or Europe but what about pirate heavy places? I really don't see it as something against piracy, rather something against our privacy... they better say that this movie theater uses this technology before we get in, and I can guarantee no one will get in :)
  19. I wonder what makes more ppl not go to the cinema, ability to watch cam recordings or being recorded while there
  20. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Well, I feel that maybe we should nos go to your homr bath cause maybe google or movie industry are watching you....
  21. Brockxz

    Brockxz TS Rookie

    Actually all they need to do is to post a warning that there are cameras monitoring you and that's it. The Warning sign must be somewhere before you buy the ticket. So basically if you buy the ticket to the movie you give permission to be recorded while you watch the movie.
  22. sambob

    sambob TS Rookie

    Seriously... the last time I was In a theater was In 1987 to see Predator, I've been renting movies In one form or another ever since then.
    Now with this big 3D craze I'll be renting fewer movies, C'mon It's been 50 years and where STILL wearing stupid glasses.
  23. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    They will go on forever trying to find ways to prevent piracy but the bottom line is, where there's a will, there's a way. In the same way anti-pirates try and prevent piracy, pirates will still find a way to overcome that obstacle until something new happens. They will be disabled for a while but then they will overcome that new obstacle and continue piracy. Everything in life is a cycle, think about it...
  24. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    further invasion of privacy in the name of "preventing piracy". just wonderful. The worst part is, the majority of people won't know or won't care that it happens.
  25. Neojt

    Neojt TS Booster Posts: 185   +39

    this is kinda odd

    Wouldent a lithium detector be more simple !

    and not because someone is filming the movie dosent mean hes not enjoying it !!

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