Google Glass Wearer Accused Of Movie Piracy By Feds

Google Glass Wearer Accused Of Movie Piracy By Feds
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Google Glass is certainly a piece of cutting-edge technology, but those lucky enough to own one already are having problem after problem. One person got taken to court for wearing the glasses while driving, and now, the Feds have apparently questioned someone who went to see a movie while wearing Google Glass.

Movie goer accused of recording film

The Gadgeteer reported this week that a man who belongs to the Google Glass Explorer program went to see the film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He has prescription lenses in his Google Glass, which also has the capability of recording video. The man said he didn’t even think about wearing his old non-Google Glass pair to the film because he had worn them to the same theater in the past without encountering a problem.

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He said about an hour into the film, federal agents pulled him out of the movie and accused him of trying to pirate it using Google Glass. He said they spent more than an hour grilling him about what he was doing, why he was recording the movie, where he lives, where he works, how many computers he owns and more. The agents went through the photos on his device and found that he actually wasn’t recording the movie, so they eventually let him go. However, this serves as a reminder of just how many problems exist as we move forward with wearable technology.

At first glance, this story may sound pretty extreme, but AMC Theaters confirmed to The Verge that it happened. Their managers contacted the Motion Pictures Association of America, which contacted the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The agency apparently has jurisdiction over movie piracy.

Technology outpacing government

According to The Verge, Google Glass really isn’t meant for making long recordings like a film would be. This just goes to show how much the general public and even lawmakers and public officials don’t understand about the latest technology. However, as more and more people become aware of wearable computing devices and what they might be able to do, we could see a day when people wearing certain types of devices will be required to take them off at specific times, like while they’re watching a movie. As a result, people who use Google Glass as their main prescription glasses will have to keep a backup handy for those times when they’re not allowed to wear them.

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