Thursday, August 02, 2007

Corporate profits -The Movie

By Libby

If this isn't a waste of judicial resources, I don't know what is.
Jhannet Sejas and her boyfriend were celebrating her 19th birthday by taking in a matinee showing of the hit movie "Transformers" at the theater at Ballston Common mall.

Sejas was enjoying the movie so much that she decided to film a short clip of the sci-fi adventure's climax to get her little brother hyped to go see it.

Minutes later, two Arlington County police officers were pointing their flashlights at the young couple in the darkened theater and ordering them out. They confiscated the digital camera as evidence and charged Sejas, a Marymount University sophomore and Annandale resident, with a crime: illegally recording a motion picture.

It was a 20 second film clip. Who was she going to sell it to? Besides, it was her birthday. Even if she just wanted to capture a moment of the event that she was enjoying, she shouldn't have been arrested, much less prosecuted. If that short a clip is an arrestable offense, then the law needs to be clarified so some reasonable saleable footage is required to trigger culpability.

But whatever, the movie theater, Regal Cinemas is pressing charges and banned the young woman for life from their theaters. So I ask myself, who could be so heartless as to pursue this case?
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world. The Company's theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 6,386 screens in 539 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Regal operates approximately 18% of all indoor screens in the United States including theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. markets and growing suburban areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations and, through its investment in National CineMedia, LLC, further realize cinema advertising, marketing and other revenue enhancing opportunities by utilizing Regal's existing asset base.

Regal Entertainment Group corporate offices are located at 7132 Regal Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37918. Our phone number is 1-865-922-1123 and our fax number is 1-865-922-3188. Our customer relations number is 877-TELLREGAL or 1-877-835-5734. Our investor hotline is 1-866-REGALEG or 1-866-734-2534. For press inquiries call 1-865-925-9539. For more information about Regal Entertainment Group, visit our Investor Relations area.

Oh, just your usual souless corporation. They also own half interest in another 12,000 screens in 43 states in partnership AMC theaters. The entertainment media is as inbred as the news media, People tell me that's capitalism. I call it a monopoly, not the free market.

But I digress. I think I'll call Regal Cinemas and tell them if they continue to tie up our court system with these inane charges, I've just banned myself from their theaters. You could do that too. It's a toll free number and chances are, they have a theater near you.

[cross-posted to The Reaction]

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Blogger nolocontendere said...

There's probably some latin law phrase for "making an example out of you".

4:24:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Nolo. No doubt there is but despite my years at the law firm I never got good at the Latin so I can't even come up with a clever suggestion. Maybe Fogg can help us out with that.

8:42:00 AM  

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