It's kind of funny. At TIFF last year, I went to see Death of a President. My belongings were searched and we had to wait for all these mysterious, suited types to scan the audience with fancy eye-wear to look for movie pirates before they'd screen the feature. It was almost like James Bond merged with immigration. These days, efforts like this are topped with the L.A. Law variety of pirate-fighting where people get nabbed here and there and everywhere for uploading and distributing the copied movies. In all of this hub-ub and effort, you'd think that they'd have started with some basics.

Since Gotham is a great source for pirated flicks, as it screens a lot of them before they get sent elsewhere, I was surprised to find out today that New York City was only doling out a paltry $250 fine for illegally videotaping movies. However, new legislation has now been passed that increased the fines to $5,000, which can be matched with 6 months in jail. And the efforts aren't stopping there. Variety reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants further action -- undercover investigations and inspections and using a nuisance abatement law for the owners of buildings where the movies are copied and sold. To top that off, there's currently a bill in the New York State Legislature to up repeat bootlegging offenses from a misdemeanor to a felony. Finally, years after this started to become a big deal, the bases are being covered. Do you think this will be enough to scare away bootleggers, or will the punch of this punishment fall flat?
categories Movies, Cinematical