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Scottish man convicted of recording in movie theater

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jul 2011 19:33 User comments (14)

Scottish man convicted of recording in movie theater Christopher Clarke has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegally filming in a movie theater then uploading the movie for profit.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service.

Clarke was arrested after Cineworld and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) investigated into a string of uploaded films.

Says John Dunn, area procurator fiscal for Glasgow (via BBC):

Christopher Clarke repeatedly pirated films from cinema screenings and uploaded them to the internet for profit. Piracy is by no means a victimless crime - it undermines legitimate businesses and the arts sector as a whole, and can be used to channel money into organised crime.

I hope this sends a strong message to all those who believe that they can remain anonymous solely because they commit their crimes over the internet. They should beware that the investigative authorities of Scotland work tirelessly to remain at the forefront of forensic computer analysis and technological specialism - we can and will track down those who pirate films, whether the profit is made in cyberspace or a marketplace.

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14 user comments

11.7.2011 19:34

Surely those 160 hours of community service for ONE GUY are going to scare pirates that are making thousands of dollars per month illegally uploading films right?


21.7.2011 19:48

If he was selling them for profit then he can rot in jail for all I care.

31.7.2011 21:55

Who buys cam'd movies?

41.7.2011 22:45
52.7.2011 1:19
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Originally posted by Azuran:
Who buys cam'd movies?
Release groups that make money off films after uploading them to file lockers

62.7.2011 3:11

Why? I remember watching one of these and noticed someone get up in the front row and couldn't stop laughing.

72.7.2011 5:55

Legendary guy:

Punishment in the US: Colossal fines that will leave you homeless.
Punishment in Scotland: 160 hours of shoveling shit off a park bench.

That contrast is awesome. If I recorded movies in the cinema I would definitely sell them and make money out of it.




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82.7.2011 12:40

WTF! I thought recording cinema was passe now? Neither article states when this idiot committed the crime, so it could have been 10 years ago, but still... Really? Who's "that" desperate to see a movie that they're willing to see a crap video-ed cinema cut?

Then let's just get started on the imbalance of justice served for 'theft of services', 'copyright infringements' & whatever else laws this idiot broke... public service!?! Had that been here in the US he would be kept alive by artificial means for 3 life times in an attempt to continue to earn restitution money for what the studios would be raping him for. Not that he didn't earn it, but you can't tell me you know how corporations can get...


93.7.2011 7:00

Sensing lots of hatred from US folk. u jelly of our laws here?


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103.7.2011 13:42

Originally posted by Mik3h:
Sensing lots of hatred from US folk. u jelly of our laws here?
Yeah, just a little... Corporate America seems to have bought our liberties. Democracy seems to have had a price tag on it somewhere down the line.

118.7.2011 15:00

i think youll find the 'uploading for profit' will be a standard label attached to anyone who is caught uploading illegal or pirated media, and as for punishments in scotland being soft , a guy from dundee , scotland stupidly sold pirated dvds to an undercover customs agent , he was taken to court and after being found guilty and having had no previous criminal record of any kind was given a 5 year jail sentence , i think thats harsh even if the guy lived in china!

128.7.2011 15:12

Originally posted by ddeeguy34:
...a guy from dundee , scotland stupidly sold pirated dvds to an undercover customs agent , he was taken to court and after being found guilty and having had no previous criminal record of any kind was given a 5 year jail sentence...
We're not saying justice isn't misgoverned, just that your Dundee individual been a US citizen doing the same over here he would have been executed.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Jul 2011 @ 15:14

138.7.2011 15:24

lol yeah , but only after trial :-)

148.7.2011 19:51

Originally posted by ps3lvanub:
Legendary guy:

Punishment in the US: Colossal fines that will leave you homeless.
Punishment in Scotland: 160 hours of shoveling shit off a park bench.

AHHHHHHH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for my laugh of the day.
Gold!

Someone told me once that theres a right and wrong, and that punishment would come to those
who dare to cross the line.
But it must not be true for jerk-offs like you.
Maybe it takes longer to catch a total asshole.

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