Beware: Your Google Glass, GoPro or other wearable camera could get you kicked out of the theater - or worse, arrested.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners are cracking down on wearable recording devices like Google Glass. In a joint statement, the two organizations announced a zero-tolerance policy for recording devices. You can wear them, but they must be shown to be powered off at showtime.
You might not even get a polite warning. When any recording of the film whatsoever is suspected, theater employees have been instructed to call the police immediately. Federal law imposes a strict three-year maximum sentence for recording in a movie theater, and 41 U.S. states also have separate laws prohibiting it.
Though the law never explicitly names Google Glass, it's clear that the face computer is one of the main objects of scrutiny. Handheld video cameras and even cellphone cameras are more commonly used for piracy, but also easier for theater employees to spot. It can be very hard to determine whether Google Glass is on or off at any given moment - now it's explicitly banned.