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Google Glass And Other Wearables Banned At Movie Theaters

Google Glass And Other Wearables Banned At Movie Theaters

by Brad MerrillOctober 29, 2014

The Motion Picture Association of America has updated their anti-piracy policies, mandating that “wearable devices” be powered off at show time. Requiring viewers to turn off and stow away recording devices is nothing new, but this is the first time their policy has addressed wearable tech specifically. The new rules also state that law enforcement will be called if they think you’re recording a movie.

This means Google Glass users will have to turn off and remove their headsets during a film. The policy doesn’t mention Glass specifically—simply using “wearables” as an umbrella—so it’s unclear what the situation will be for users with prescription lenses for Glass or similar devices as the products become more mainstream.

Here is the full language of the update:

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable “intelligent” devices. As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown. As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time. 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.

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.