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Piracy Concerns Lead to Cell Phone Confiscations

Here’s an interesting item in today’s Media Talk section about Paramount’s confiscation of all cell phones and bags at the recent “War of the Worlds” premieres. The Los Angeles premiere is tonight.

NY Times:

Paramount had security guards confiscate all cellphones and handbags before the start of the movie, something the company warned about in all tickets and invitations to the screenings. (Studios have taken cellphones before but handbags seemed a new twist here.) The concern wasn’t that Mr. Spielberg would be talking loudly to his agent during the quiet parts, but that people might try to capture scenes using cellphone cameras.

“We’re committed to doing everything we can to protect our films against piracy,” said a spokeswoman for the studio.

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