Three years ago, her sister, Neelofa pulled off the same stunt as she posted some clips from Disney’s “The Lion King” on her Instagram Stories.
Despite warnings and announcements by Malaysian cinemas that recording in the movie theater is illegal, some moviegoers are still stubborn and secretly record snippets of the film they’re watching, while sharing it on their social media accounts.
Recently, a Twitter user @ayshardzn has called out to Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) to investigate the Instagram user Ameera Khan a.k.a Little Miss Khan for allegedly posting several clips from the film House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.
Hi @GSCinemas why is this allowed in your cinemas? And also why people still do this? 2022. pic.twitter.com/Bdj7L1lsRO— 𝗔𝘆𝘀𝗵𝗮 𝗥𝗶𝗱𝘇𝘂𝗮𝗻 (@ayshardzn) January 5, 2022
The Twitter user had shared some screenshots of Ameera’s Instagram Stories as evidence.
It is said that the influencer was among the many public figures in attendance during the media screening of the aforementioned film held at GSC Tropicana Gardens Mall in Petaling Jaya.
Meanwhile, the tweet went viral with netizens flooding the comment section, calling the celebrity out over her irresponsible actions. Others also called for GSC to take stern action against Ameera.
Not long after, GSC replied that they had reported the issue to the movie distributor United International Pictures for further action. According to them, “Recordings of movie content are strictly prohibited. We are taking this incident to the rights owner for further action.”
Meanwhile, some netizens suggested that cinemas should have their employees shine a light or laser on the offender to discourage others from repeating the act.
Nonetheless, it is still illegal to record even a short snippet of the latest movie you’re watching in the cinema and show it off on social media.
Under Section 43A of the Copyright Act 1987, individuals who are guilty of doing any audiovisual recording in a screening room in whole or in part can face a fine of not less than RM10,000 and not more than RM100,000, or be jailed for a maximum of five years or both.
According to Ask Legal, attempts to record a movie are also punishable with a fine of between RM5,000 to RM50,000 or jailed for up to 1 year or both.
The penalty for such an act is enough for you to stop watching movies in the cinema for a long time.