Skip to comments.Feds Interrogate Man Wearing Google Glass in Movie Theater
Posted on 01/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PST by Red Badger
As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in publicor ever, actuallyan Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer.
The mans full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but well summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before youre engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm.
Last Saturday, our Glass-wearing protagonist and his wife went to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC in Columbus, Ohio. About an hour into the movie, he says some federal agents yanked the Glass off the mans face, pulled the pair out of the theater and took them to separate interrogation rooms.
The man, whod just been trying to enjoy a crappy movie with his lovely wife on a Saturday night, says he was accused of illegally taping the movie and questioned extensively about who I am, where I live, where I work, how much Im making, how many computers I have at home, why am I recording the movie, who am I going to give the recording to, why dont I just give up the guy up the chain, cause they are not interested in me. Over and over and over again.
The agents also allegedly displayed this level of ridiculousness:
They wanted to know where I got Glass and how did I came by having it. I told them I applied about 1000 times to get in the explorer program, and eventually I was selected, and I got the Glass from Google. I offered to show them receipt and Google Glass website if they would allow me to access any computer with internet. Of course, that was not an option. Then they wanted to know what does Google ask of me in exchange for Glass, how much is Google paying me, who is my boss and why am I recording the movie.
After an hour of intense interrogation, the agents hooked the Glass up to a computer, and saw that all it was storing were personal family photos, he says. They allegedly went through his phone, too, and found nothing.
Then everybody felt really bad, and gave the man and his wife four free movie passes, so they can go see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit again, twice.
Based on this strange tale, here are some things we should probably establish:
1) AMC needs to learn what Google Glass is, set out a policy as to whether its patrons can wear it or not. Yes, its pretty weird and suspicious that this dude was wearing Glass to the movies. Why would anybody do that, if not to film the movie? But having the feds remove a man from his seat mid-movie is pretty shitty, when what hes doing isnt expressly prohibited in the first place.
2) Law enforcement officials should make an effort to keep up-to-date on the latest technological advancements, so they dont unintentionally behave like dodos.
3) Not that we couldnt guess this before, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is probably a move that you should not go see.
UPDATE: The man was wearing Google Glass that had prescription lenses, meaning he needed the Glass to see the movie. He also told Gadgeteer he could have moved a few rows up to see, though. We are awaiting a call back from AMC about their policy on wearing Glass prescription or not in theaters.
They should’ve gone to the movie manager if they had a complaint about the patron.
don’t wear a camera to see a movie
It seems that the movie manager called the FBI...............
Four free tickets? The attorney from Seinfield could get more than that.
“Am I being detained?”
“I have nothing to say and desire legal representation”
Federal agents? Really? Are they sure they weren’t just AMC security employees, or local cops? It is hard to believe that Federal agents are on the beck and call of a local AMC theater operator.
Anyway, foreigners were always first in line to the premiers. And bootleg copies of the movie (complete with coughing or audience noise on the soundtrack) were always showing up in on the streets of Seoul, Hong Kong, Djkarta, Bangkok, Chennai and Beijing within 24 hours later. How do you suppose that happened?
Don’t wear a camera.
It makes you look stupid...............
Geez.....repeated questions, no charges or accusations...ominous presence reminiscent of “papers please”....and no one asked what the f@ck a Fed goon was doing in the theatre and why in the hell does a citizen’s use of this item constitute a Gestapo pull-aside?
Amazing that the FBI could find agents to raid a theater in under an hour (the movie may have ended if they didn’t rush right in).
It’s called “priorities”.
These are federal agents? Don’t the feds have anything better to do than go after movie pirates? What an appalling waste of federal funds. Let the movie company do their own enforcement. They certainly have the money to do it.
Well...you know...the FBI was there in Boston, too...weren’t they? Uh, no.
I'm not sure I understand the technology unless it IS for recording something without holding up a camera.
Bootlegs of theatrical releases are floating around right now thanks to the round of Hollywood awards screeners that have been leaked to the public.
Movie bootlegging is an inside job.
Rank amateurs film it off the screen. Even back “in the day”.
It’s not just a ‘camera’, it is also a ‘net browser.............
Like there aren’t better ways to copy...
Homeland Security has put a priority on protecting the commerical and intellectual interests of Hollywood. Fascism. Nothing but.
Anyone else who is wronged in such manner must find their own detectives to build a case of copyright violation.
The ‘copy’ would be like watching it with binoculars................
That was quick.
A friends car was broken into, one of several in an apartment complex, things were stolen.... they called 911 and were told to send an email report to the cops. The cops did not even come out and pretend to investigate.
Those filmed off the screen look and sound terrible. Occasionally, you will see the silhouette of someone getting up from their seat. Don’t ask me how I know . . .
Next time he should offer free donuts..................
The movie theatre workers must be getting paid off.
Did I hear that doormen in NYC are being trained to report “elder” abuse?
Hey, ChaCha BigBucks. You don’t want me to call the State and tell them I saw you hit yo Momma? You didn’t? Can you prove it? Fifty bucks a week then, Whitey!
When I bought a ticket to see this movie I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.
J Edgar Hoover must be rolling over in his grave.
Would you and I be doing what we're doing right now via a pair of glasses ?
Maybe some ROBOCOP guy could access Abby for the ID of the guy he's chasin' ... but even THEN ....
It’s even funnier when you hear the “cameraman” sneeze and the whole thing shakes for a second.
Story is hard to believe. 6-10 “federal agents” and cops raid a theater in Columbus Ohio because one guy is seen with Google glasses?
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Now, if he thinks he's gonn'a pay for just ONE seat with that rig .... wellll, by GOD the fbi will be called in !
Such a great episode. Jerry was so offended initially, and then his ego took over when his work became known on the street, as that of a great artist.
Hint: When the police approach you in an investigative/interogative/detention sort of way....hand them your DL and your attorney's business card and say, "Officer, I am willing to help you in your investigation, but have been advised to remain quiet until my attorney arrives".
For legal advice on speaking to police go here
Dear Federal Goon,
Are you going to charge me with something, or can I go now.
These things are LEGAL and you have no proof I was using them illegally.
Now, quit asking stupid questions and leave me alone.
Just because you’ve concocted some intricate fantasy, doesn’t mean I’ve done something wrong.
Man, I’m glad the feds are looking into this. It’s MUCH more important than Benghazi, gun runner and the IRS thingy.
I HAVE seen figures with night vision goggles watching the crowd at movie preview screenings (the type radio stations hand out passes for). I figured they were with the studios, not federal agents.
Also, there is hidden stamping in the film prints themselves (at least dating back to the first Tim Burton Batman) so the studios can ID which print/theater likely spawned the bootleg.
Don’t know though with the internally leaked digital transfers (the ones that say “AWARD SCREENING AUDIENCE ONLY” or some such disclaimer) and film being replaced by digital projection.
Well if it was, Snowden forwarded it to Putin as soon as it came in.
NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!