A young woman apologized yesterday after being investigated for allegedly streaming a viewing of Finding Dory on Facebook Live using her smartphone, saying she had not meant to share the film beyond her circle of friends.
After being contacted by police, a 26-year-old woman surnamed Hung (洪) bowed in a public apology for streaming the film during a showing at Chang Hwa Cinemas in Changhua City on Thursday night, the first day of the film’s national release.
Hung said she thought it would be fun to share the film with her friends, who had not had the opportunity to see it, but had not intended for it to be shared further.
She added she was very sorry when she discovered the video had already been widely disseminated and quickly closed the Facebook function, saying that she hoped the film’s distributor would forgive her careless behavior.
Chang Hwa Cinemas said that it received a telephone call at 8:35pm on Thursday night saying that someone was using a smartphone to stream the film on Facebook Live.
They immediately sent personnel to conduct an inspection, but could not find the perpetrator, notifying police after discovering that a 15-minute video of the showing had been widely shared on Facebook.
The operator added that the theater normally conducts three rounds of inspections during showings to prevent covert recordings.
The inspections would be increased to six per showing and larger notices warning against recording the movie would be placed outside of theater entrances, it said, adding that the theater would give a reward to anyone reporting such behavior.
Changhua County lawyer Chang Chung-che (張崇哲) said that using Facebook Live to stream a movie showing violates Copyright Act (著作權法) provisions against unauthorized public broadcasting, making a perpetrator liable to up to three years in prison along with a fine of up to NT$750,000 (US$23,216).
Perpetrators are liable regardless of the length of the broadcast, which would only affect the seriousness of the offense, he said.
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