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FBI accuses Google Glass wearer of movie 'piracy'

Detained for three and a half hours while someone found a USB cable
Tue Jan 21 2014, 13:51
Google Glass view from the front

THE INTERNET CONNECTED EYEWEAR Google Glass has caused a wearer to be detained by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a movie theatre.

The Glass tester had gone to see a movie and continued to wear the device, switched off as he had fitted prescription lenses. What happened next could have come out of a Hollywood film, too.

He told The Gadgeteer, "About an hour into the movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says, 'follow me outside immediately'.

"It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about [five to] 10 cops and mall cops."

It transpired that the FBI had been called as it believed that the unnamed gentleman was responsible for a spate of film 'piracy' incidents at the cinema in question. Despite protesting his innocence, he was cross-examined until someone found a spare USB cable and was able to download the contents of the device.

After the FBI agents learned more about the victim's wife and dog from photographs, he was released after three and a half hours, and was given two free passes to see the movie again and a further two "for his troubles".

Although this seems to be an extreme case, it illustrates the gulf between pace of the law and that of technology. As this comes within a week of Cecilia Adabie's court appearance for wearing Glass while driving, it remains clear that wearable technology is going to continue to lead to legal complications. µ

 

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