Cinema ‘cops’ deploy night vision devices to stop pirated movies

In response to an increase in pirated movie recordings coming out of Australia, the copyright police are patrolling cinemas with night vision devices – and it’s not just commercial pirates they’re after.Movie studios are providing the scopes to cinema ushers across the country and training them in how to spot people illegally taping films using camcorders and even mobile phones.After Village Roadshow successfully implemented the technology to prevent pirated copies of The Dark Knight making their way on to the internet, 20th Century Fox has adopted it for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, which opens today.Neil Gane, director of operations at the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), said the night vision scopes would be deployed at the majority of the 304 Australian cinemas screening the movie.

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