Woman is Jailed for Accidentally Recording New Moon

Thems copyright laws are pretty stiff and fines and punishment are often higher than far more serious issues like rape or holocaust. Well when a woman brought her camera into the theater to film the big reveal of a surprise party (apparently held at the theater) who accidentally filmed some of Twilight’s New Moon, and found herself arrested.

Worst Previews says:

She was grabbed by a theater worker, who saw her shooting video during the movie. Managers contacted police, who examined the camera, finding that the woman had taped “two very short segments.”

The theater managers insisted on pressing charges, which resulted in the woman being arrested and spending two nights in jail before being released. She plans to fight the felony charges in court because she says she did nothing wrong — and certainly didn’t try to secretly tape the movie. “It was never my intention to record the movie,” she said.

I would be sympathetic to her issue if it wasn’t for the fact that they were filming them popping the surprise, and singing Happy Birthday.

Presumably if this happened before the film started, then they would not be able to have “accidentally” caught New Moon on the screen in the background. And if they did, remember that there is a special hell for those who talk during the movie, and I wouldn’t appreciate a rousing round of Happy Birthday during the movie.

So while she didn’t attempt to record the movie, she did in fact record some of it. She might get some leniancy for her intent, but if she didn’t disrupt the film to record the birthday surprise, this never would have happened.

Remember kids… Piracy is bad, even unintentional. And don’t disrupt the movie.


  • I think it is fair that she gets punished for taping “New Moon”, but also they can’t punish her for too long since what she did was unintentional and things like this happen all the time. We can’t pay the consequences for the rest of our lives for something we did unintentionally.

  • Ransom Betty

    It’s just a shame that she had to spend two nights in jail and the party was ruined.

  • Ransom Betty

    I don’t see what the big deal is? The whole thing to me sounds like a big misunderstanding. The only thing she actually did wrong was video taping in the theater. If it was a private party it makes even less sense for the manager to have pressed charges. I mean if I rent out the theater for a birthday screening of a movie and it is a “surprise” party for someone, as long as the theater staff is made aware of this this whole thing should have been avoided!

  • meli

    Sure she should have had more common sense, but 2 days in jail after her arrest?? That’s pathetic. I guess no one had money for bail?

  • That’s pretty harsh to punish her like that, but then again it’s common sense not to use any recording devices in the theatre.

  • Kryptonite

    She didn’t use a video camera. She used a digital still camera capable or recording only a few minutes of video. The limitations of the camera itself are enough to cast doubt on intent.

  • Drobe

    I find this post to be very interesting and entertaining considering that my copyright law final is 3 days away. ( I mean 2 days now that I see it is past midnight here at the library) Intent to or not to infringe copyrighted materials doesn’t matter in copyright law. Lack of intent to infringe and lack of knowledge of the material being copyrighted are not defenses. Although they can affect the momentary amount awarded to the plaintiff and/or punitive actions taken against the defendant. To infringe, an infringer must fix all or part of the copyrighted work in a material object in a manner that is sufficiently permanent or stable to permit the work to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. I would like to know how much of the movie was recorded and whether or not it recorded as a background to a birthday celebration or if she was actually pointing the camera at only the screen. Sorry if this doesn’t make any sense, its late.

  • Where’s the argument here? First, no one (here) knows what was taped or for how long. We don’t know her “intent” or details of the situation. We can misconstrue too many aspects and lay fault or claim bloody murder and still be way off in our assessment.

    The only thing that is for sure is that she did tape segments of the movie. How long or the reason behind the catching of the flick on her video can only be determined by watching the clips she recorded.

    Is she stupid? Possibly. Is she innocent? Possibly. Is there anyone who has ALL the details for us to come to the right conclusion? Probably not, or at least, not yet. I say she’ll get convicted, but with some misdemeanor charge.