UK cinema staff rewarded for preventing piracy

Eleven employees from cinemas across the UK have been presented with awards totalling £7,000 for their efforts in preventing illegal recordings taking place.

At a specially-convened ceremony at Paramount Pictures, London, each received a cheque for several hundred pounds for their part in thwarting attempts to record films at their cinema.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT‚) and the Film Distributors‚ Association (FDA‚) operate a training, prevention and reward scheme for all UK cinemas. Illegal recordings of films are the primary source for pirate copies worldwide  –  recordings are uploaded to the Internet and made available within hours to millions of people.

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