Quite recently I read an article on USAToday.com and NBCNews.com that caused a question to form in my mind: are the current piracy laws and restrictions holding up against current digital technology?
The article shed light on one of latest technological advancements; Google Glass.
The concept of the device is simple, it is a camera that is attached to an eyeglasses frame which projects laser images onto your eyes of your text messages, and allows emails to appear right in front of you.
As if we weren’t attached to our mobile devices enough. Now we have the ability to further isolate ourselves while saying: “Look Ma! No hands!”
The article I read was about a man from Ohio, who was wearing his prescription glasses with his Google Glass, and was removed from a movie theater by federal agents for suspicion of piracy.
As it turns out, the man was not recording the movie, but the AMC movie theater had every right to suspect he was. After all, the man was wearing a camera on his face.
As we slowly venture further into the second decade of the new millennium, one has to wonder just how long it will be before piracy laws are updated. It’s the middle of the digital age and we are still using some of the same laws and of the previous generation. I hate to sound like a politician looping on a record, but things have changed drastically in the world of technology in the past fifteen years.
Gone are the days where bootlegging was as simple as sneaking a camcorder into a theater, the days of technological thievery are upon us. With this new technology being created at a faster rate each day I wonder, how are theaters supposed to prevent patrons from wearing their own glasses?
Not to mention the fact that the technological world is continuously upgrading. How are theaters supposed to keep up with present regulations? If piracy is going to be taken seriously, then these new digital recorders must be considered when revising anti-pirate laws and methods.