FIGHT

FILM

THEFT

 
MPAA Content Security Program Background Best Practices FAQ Vendor Content Security Registry Facility-Paid Inspections Reference and Resources Report Piracy
Get Involved

Theater Employees

What is Camcorder Piracy?

When someone enters a theater with any type of recording device — camcorder, smartphone, voice recorder, etc. — and intentionally records or photographs any portion of the video or audio track of a movie, that person is engaging in camcorder piracy. Like stealing a DVD from the store, stealing a movie off the screen is illegal. Films camcorded when they are only available to the public in movie theaters (theatrical release) are often uploaded onto the Internet in a matter of days or even hours after their first public screening.

Many movie thieves sell the "master" recordings to "labs" where they are illegally duplicated into pirated optical discs, packaged, and prepared for sale on the black market in street markets around the world, on online auctions, or even websites within days after their original theatrical release.

WHY DO WE NEED TO STOP CAMCORDER PIRACY?

All forms of piracy hurt the entertainment industry, the economies of countries that make movies, and, in the end, consumers.

Download Best Practices Guide to Prevent Film Theft