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Theatrical Anti-Camcording Challenge
The goal of this challenge is to identify creative new technology solutions that can reduce the camcording of movies in theatres without disturbing the viewing experience of moviegoers.
Every year the film industry loses billions of dollars in sales as a result of recordings made with hidden camcorders in movie theatres and then distributed widely on the streets of many of the world's major cities. Various technologies have been proposed either to detect camcorders in operation or to degrade the quality of camcordings. All of the known technologies have some drawbacks, either because they can be defeated fairly easily or because they interfere with the quality of the movie experience.
Solutions may have additional useful features, but we are looking for techniques which come closest to meeting at least the following criteria:
It should not interfere with the viewing experience of other
moviegoers, either visually or aurally.
It should work for camcorders
located in the majority of the seats in the theatre.
work for the large majority of consumer camcorders.
function in the presence of various electronic devices (cell
phones, PDAs, etc.) and not affect their operation.
be safe, easy to operate, and require little maintenance.