While increased vigilance and harsher penalties have yet to put a major dent in film piracy, a little bit of high-tech know-how just may do the trick.
Isao Echizen of the National Institute of Informatics, in cooperation with Sharp, a leading Japanese electronics maker, has devised a technology for foiling camcorder pirates at the theater, NII has announced.
Special near-infrared LEDs are set up behind the movie screen and turned on while a film is playing, beaming light through tiny holes in the screen. Pirates who record the pic with camcorders or other devices end up with an image spattered with red and green blotches. Viewers in the theater see nothing, since the light emitted by the LEDs is not in the range of the human visual spectrum.
The entire article in Variety is at:
Device would zap pirate camcorders –
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October 9, 2009 – By MARK SCHILLING
[Editor: This has proved to be a difficult problem, and was spoken of at SMPTE Conferences several years ago. The trouble has to do with timing and the cleverness of being able to make the camera change when the pirates figure out that the standard doesn’t work.] The story continues…
Sharp aims to commercialize the technology within two or three years.
The Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan, or Eiren, estimates that pirates have trimmed 10%, or $220 million, off the $2.2 billion annual local B.O., while taking a similarly large chunk from the DVD biz. And pirates have been steadily improving …