Bootlegging Becomes A Misdemeanor In New York

If any of you have traversed the subterranean train stations of New York City in recent years, you’re familiar with the ubiquitous blanket display of bootlegged movies, some only released a day or two earlier. This scene may become a thing of the past soon, as the city of New York puts its new ordinance into effect.

Illegally recording copyrighted movies in the theater has until now been a minor infraction, punishable by up to a $250 fine. From now on it will be a misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail. The first example of this new legislation occurred on Monday, when Kalidou Diallo was arrested by undercover policemen as he attempted to record the premiere of “Transformers” the movie.