Take action and earn a reward. Recording movies within theaters violates federal copyright law and numerous state laws. Help fight camcording by educating your patrons, identifying camcording activity, and then taking steps to stop this illegal activity.
As a general matter, theaters should post information in the lobby or at the box office informing all patrons that the use of recording devices is not permitted in the theater and that it is a crime to record a film in a movie theater.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) have instituted a program to reward theater employees who identify patrons illegally recording a movie. Employees may be eligible for a reward of $500.00 for identifying a person operating a video camera or other recording device to copy a movie in a theater, for immediately notifying the police, for stopping the camcording, and for filing a police report of the incident.
Whenever a theater employee witnesses a person operating a video camera or other recording device to copy a movie, the employee should immediately follow the procedures called for in his or her employer's anti-camcording policy. If your employer does not have a policy, here is a list of steps that theater employees should take:
What to do when you discover a patron illegally recording a movie in the theater:
If you have any questions or need assistance during the incident, call the Motion Picture Association of America's 24/7 Anti-Camcording Hotline ((800) 371-9884). The MPAA has investigators on staff who can come to your location and assist you. Regardless of whether you utilize the hotline during the incident, however, you should contact the MPAA within 24 hours after a police report is filed so that they can take appropriate steps to assist local law enforcement and pursue the suspect. For further information about the reward program, contact NATO at (202) 962-0054.Download Best Practices Guide to Prevent Film Theft