Quote of the Day - The Great Secret of Power is never do more than you can accomplish.
Anyway, I'm getting off track. New laws.
In California, if you go to the movie theater with your camcorder and videotape the movie before January 1, you will not have violated this crime. There are likely a number of other crimes and copyrights you will have violated, but not this one.
After the New Year, it's $2,500 and up to one year in jail for videotaping a movie in a theater. And, the guy with the popcorn next to you can make a citizen's arrest if he spots you. Only New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have similar laws.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo tried to get into the news with this sound bite: "These thieves are stealing from Los Angeles and are stealing from American creativity." Wtih a palm-sized camcorder in one hand, Delgadillo stole a line from the Dirty Harry movie: "If you carry one of these into a movie theater, you have to ask yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?'"
Me? I'll just rent the DVD when it comes out. It's cheaper than buying a camcorder.