Taping three minutes of “Twilight: New Moon” during a visit to a Rosemont movie theater landed Samantha Tumpach in a jail cell for two nights.
Now, the 22-year-old Chicago woman faces up to three years in prison after being charged with a rarely invoked felony designed to prevent movie patrons from recording hot new movies and selling bootleg copies.
Tumpach insisted she recorded no more than three minutes while in the theater — and said not all of the video she shot was of the movie. There’s footage of she and her relatives singing to her sister, she said. “We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her in the theater,” Tumpach said.
She also took pictures of family members in the theater before the film began, but an usher who saw the photo session never issued them a warning, Tumpach said.
This really sounds like some silly accident. I mean who is going to bootleg 3 minutes of a 2 hour movie? Luckily Tumpach is fighting the charges and hopefully the person at the theater pushing these charges will get a nice lecture from the judge about something called “common sense”. Sounds to me like Tumpach might have a nice lawsuit against the theater in the future.