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Google Glass headsets are to be banned in UK cinemas. Piracy fears have erupted since the gadgets became commercially available, and the crackdown will alleviate fears that Hollywood blockbusters will be illegally copied.

Although the technology has been available in the US for a couple of years, the eyewear was only brought out in the UK last week. Renewed fears and discussions over privacy and piracy have emerged because the device's capabilities include video capture at the touch of a finger and internet access.

UK cinemas clamp down on Google Glass

“Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not,” said Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association, which represents about 90 percent of UK cinema operators.

Despite its batteries running down after some 45 minutes of recording, concern has persisted as it is difficult to assess when recordings are being made, and it would be possible to merge the products of several devices.

“We don’t allow any wearable technology that is pointed at the screen and is able to record in theaters,” AMC Theaters told the International Business Times. “While we're huge fans of technology and innovation, wearing a device that has the capability to record video is not appropriate at the movie theater,” the company said.

VUE cinemas – part of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association – also said that it would be asking customers to remove their devices “as soon as the lights dim,” reported the Independent.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group – which is responsible for the running of six London theatre venues – said it would “evaluate the implications, especially with regard to the effect on the cast, creative team and members of the public.”

A Google spokesperson said: “We recommend any cinemas concerned about Glass to treat the device as they treat similar devices like mobile phones: simply ask wearers to turn it off before the film starts. Broadly speaking, we also think it’s best to have direct and first-hand experience with Glass before creating policies around it. The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it’s activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.”

Google has issued guidelines on the usage of Glass. Instructions include “[Don't] be creepy or rude” (also known as a 'Glasshole') and “Don’t read War and Peace on Glass,” because it wasn’t intended for long periods of use.

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USA is waging war against Hollywood and Hollywood and USA are combining to wage war against Google who are waging war against Google Glass wearers
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This is the same logic that says you can't carry a decent penknife when you go for a walk and want to cut bramble stems off the path that are cutting your grandmother and preventing her from going for a walk - so you have to leave her to rot in a nursing home because it's 'safe' there. Lawmakers - and by extension, corporations (in case that's ever a different entity) seem ubiquitously disingenuous enough not to realise that if you're the kind of person who carries a knife to attack someone, you simply aren't the same kind of person that really cares whether or not this is illegal. Similarly, if someone wants to pirate a film, they're not going to advertise the fact by sporting the means of their exploits openly. If someone is capable of keeping their head still for 2 hours, they probably deserve whatever footage they can get. Frankly, people have been pirating films for a long time before Google Glass and using a means that doesn't require them to keep their heads dead still for 2 hours. I'm sure they'll continue as previously. But common sense doesn't really factor into the climate of universal creation of random and arbitrary laws. Those that obtain enough control to make rules these days seem only interested in maximising their own liberties and minimizing those of the people who pay their salaries.

Traditionally, law mandated against wrongdoing, not against equipping people with the means to do wrong.
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This is the same logic that says you can't carry a decent penknife when you go for a walk and want to cut bramble stems off the path that are cutting your grandmother and preventing her from going for a walk - so you have to leave her to rot in a nursing home because it's 'safe' there. Lawmakers - and by extension, corporations (in case that's ever a different entity) seem ubiquitously disingenuous enough not to realise that if you're the kind of person who carries a knife to attack someone, you simply aren't the same kind of person that really cares whether or not this is illegal. Similarly, if someone wants to pirate a film, they're not going to advertise the fact by sporting the means of their exploits openly. If someone is capable of keeping their head still for 2 hours, they probably deserve whatever footage they can get. Frankly, people have been pirating films for a long time before Google Glass and using a means that doesn't require them to keep their heads dead still for 2 hours. I'm sure they'll continue as previously. But common sense doesn't really factor into the climate of universal creation of random and arbitrary laws. Those that obtain enough control to make rules these days seem only interested in maximising their own liberties and minimizing those of the people who pay their salaries.

Traditionally, law mandated against wrongdoing, not against equipping people with the means to do wrong.

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