Cinema staff receive detective training
A former police officer is set to train cinema staff in the UK how to spot and handle people with recording equipment, as well as investigate incidents of alleged recording. The UK film distributors have clubbed together and are creating this new role of a cinema investigator.
According to the BBC:
Fact says the new investigator will educate cinema staff on how to detect people using digital camcorders, and advise them on how to disrupt the recording.
I wonder if the staff at the cinema are going to really get involved in this? Are they really expecting the staff to tackle the pirates in the cinema? This in itself would mean that cinema staff were keeping an eye on the audience during a screening, and this is quite a task. At most of the cinemas I go to I don't see anyone watching to see what's going on, and this is going to mean more work for the cinema staff and perhaps more staff.
Can they go back to the days of manning each cinema screen? Personally I would like that because then they can attempt to stop all manner of annoyances from inconsiderate audience members. Yet the question remains, would you have the guts to go and tackle a member of the audience recording a film for illegal distribution?