Pirated movies are mainstays in many homes around the world. As the cost of DVDs, Blu-Rays and cinema tickets go up, and as the cost of high-speed internet access goes down, more and more people are turning to illegally-obtained copies of films and TV series for their home entertainment.
Digital piracy is, however, a highly illegal and highly risky industry, and every now and then, someone gets in a whole lot of trouble.
Take these two guys: Troy Cornish and Floyd Buchanan. They’re ‘cammers’, individuals who record new movies on high-definition cameras in cinemas during a film’s theatrical run.
Their work is integral to piracy, as it ensures that illegal copies of films are available immediately after release.
Unfortunately for these two law-benders, however, they were recently spotted at a Maryland, USA cinema by a Motion Picture Association of America agent.
According to TorrentFreak, the two were caught recording a screening of The Fate of the Furious, and were subsequently arrested. They’re now facing a year’s imprisonment, along with fines of $2 500.
TorrentFreak notes that ‘cammers’ are a prime target of movie studios. That, coupled with F8’s hype, explains the agent’s presence at the cinema.
The two will undoubtedly go down as martyrs for the cause in torrenting and pirating circles, but the charges against them are a grave reminder that their industry is highly illicit.