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Quote of the Day - When I was about five I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything. - Kiera Knightley
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New York Arrests Its First Moviegoer Alleged To Have Illegally Videotaped Transformers Film

Under a new anti-piracy law designed to stem the tide of movie studios' $6 billion-dollar-a-year loss, New York police arrested a 48-year old man who allegedly had a video camera strapped under his arm in a theater.  According to police, he videotaped the new Transformers movie during a sneak preview on Monday evening, earlier this week.  He was released on bail.  Movie companies allege 43% of all pirated DVD in the US, and 20% of pirated movies on the Internet are first taped in New York theaters.

Penalties for violation of New York's new anti-piracy law extend up to $5,000 and six months in jail under the new law, passed on May 1.  The police wasted no time in staking out the American Movie Theater at 1450 East Ave in Parkchester in the Bronx.  The arresting officer sat behind the man, and saw him raise his right arm at the beginning of the movie, and never move after that.  The police searched him after the movie and found the camera, a remote control and video player strapped to his body.

Always looking for a loophole, we can probably expect the pirates to move to New Jersey.

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