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 camcording a movie.  Employees may be eligible for a reward of up to $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 the company’s written anti-camcording policy.  If your company does not have a written policy, please refer to the MPAA’s ‘Best Practices’ manual (link to manual in Members Only)

To date (as of 8.19.13), 701 theater employees in the United States have been awarded $299,025 through this program.


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