The first 3D pirate acquitted

    A British court passed a verdict of not guilty to a student at Birmingham City University, a certain Ciprian Florea, accused of using a specially made device to perform a pirate shoot of the movie "Gravity" in 3D format.

    Cyprian, a 28-year-old cinematography student, got two high-resolution cameras the day before the planned visit to the blockbuster. Having built with them a kind of 3D camera (apparently, it was a box with two holes for the lenses), the young man, hanging his device on his chest, went to the cinema, where he was detained by a security officer who confiscated the “camera” and handed it along with the owner of the police. Thus, Cyprian really did not even have time to start shooting the first "3D-screen."

    However, he was charged with the intention of committing fraud by illegally recording a 3D film for distribution, which Kiprian, of course, denied, saying that he only intended to shoot his friends on his “3D camera” and almost accidentally ended up in a movie theater.


    “3D pirate” Cyprian Florea

    Despite opposition from Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), which sided with the prosecution, the court found Mr. Florea not guilty of fraudulent actions, reasoning something like this: a copy of Gravity, even if it’s written down and laid out on the Internet, could serve as the basis for a case of violation of copyright, but not fraud. The FACT insisted that the appearance in the cinema with a special device for shooting (even such a specific one) is already a proof of criminal intentions.

    Although Cyprian himself is pleased with how everything turned out, it is worth recalling that the piracy allegations do not always end so cloudless: someone Philippe Danks was sentencedto 33 months in prison for illegal recording and further publication of the movie “Fast and the Furious 6” on the torrent tracker.

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