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July 01, 2014

Google Glass Banned in UK Movie Theaters

While Google Glass is a device that is changing the way people live their lives, there are plenty of businesses that are leading a backlash against the gadget. Add U.K. cinemas to the growing list of firms that won’t allow people to sport Glass if they want entrance. The movie theaters in the U.K. are banning the gadget over growing piracy fears. The gadget is able to record film off the screen quite easily and this has led to people assuming piracy will be that much easier.

Those fears have led to the U.K.’s Cinema Exhibitor’s Association, which represents more than 90 percent of the movie theaters in the region to issue a blanket ban of the device. “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.” Meanwhile, Vue, the U.K.'s third-largest cinema chain, said it would ask filmgoers to remove the eyewear "as soon as the lights dim".

The ban is a move that movie theaters in the United States have already taken up as well. In particular, the Drafthouse movie theater chain has said it will not allow Google Glass users to bring the device into its facilities. The move is outlawing any recording devices, and that includes Glass. Google has tried to debunk the notion the gadget could be used to record entire movies and even went so far as to issue a statement in light of the recent ban.

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"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.” The company said in a recent statement.

It bears pointing out that it is a little more obvious if a customer is aiming a cell phone’s camera at the screen. If Google Glass wearers are allowed to keep their device on their face, they will already be pointing the camera at the screen. Subtly turning on the device and recording is much easier with Glass. 

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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