Free Culture @ NYU is joining the call for a chain wide boycott of Regal Cinemas over their draconian punishment of a 19 year-old girl caught taping 20 seconds of the Transformers film. We demand that Regal Cinemas drop all charges against Jhannet Sejas, and that the entertainment group issue a full apology to the teen.
“Patrick Corcoran, a spokesman for the National Association of Theater
Owners, said 104 theater personnel nationwide in the last three years
have been awarded about $500 each, in a joint venture between the
owners association and the MPAA, for identifying pirates in movie
She broke the law.
She deserves punishment, but not as severe as was handed to her. The movie industry does lose tons of money each year to pirating. They have every right to charge her to the maximum though, because she did, in fact, break the law. You cannot break a law “just a little bit.” And to refer to the incident as something of a ‘police state’ is simply absurd. Does the author of this article know what a police state is, exactly?