If you’re a cinema worker in the UK, you have until June 30 to catch illegal cammers in the act and receive up to 1000 British pounds ($1500).
Upping the ante of rewarding
Theatres are the front liners in the battle against bootlegging pre-release films. As such, it’s common practice for UK film distributors and the Federation Against Copyright Theft program to reward movie theatre workers with cash if they report cammers to the police. Now, they have increased the maximum cash reward to 1000 pounds, which is a lot for low-wage workers.
While its excellent news for well-meaning workers to be rewarded for ensuring bootleggers will get the punishment they deserve, some of them have been too overzealous in judging criminal behavior. For instance, in December 2014, a UK movie theater worker called the police after seeing a group of 12-year-old girls using iPhones and iPads in a Hunger Games screening. Eventually, the police search turned up nothing after the girls were pulled out of the movie, and were reportedly in tears as they left.