RICHMOND -- One man's attempt to bring home the latest in the adventures of James Bond ended with his arrest in a Richmond movie theatre.
An investigator for the Motion Picture Association of America made a citizens arrest just after midnight Saturday after he said he saw the man, later identified as Eloxia Johnson, 39, using a camcorder on a tripod to illegally record "Skyfall" inside the Century 16 Hilltop theater, police said.
French said the man will be charged with video piracy. He was using a camcorder with a tripod to record the film, authorities said.
"This is the first one like this that I've seen," said Richmond police Lt. Bisa French of the arrest. "I can't remember a time when someone was arrested in the actual theater."
The investigator was in the theater because the motion picture association monitors areas in which theater owners and managers report piracy is a problem, association executive vice president Michael Robinson said.
The Century 16 Hilltop is no stranger to the crime, Robinson said, and with the latest Bond movie debuting last Friday, the film association made sure the theater was staked out, Robinson said.
"We obviously take camcording very seriously," Robinson said. "It's important to understand that 90 percent of the illegally pirated content that's out on the streets is recorded right off the movie theater screen, and it does damage to the industry and the people who make their living
"Skyfall" is the 23rd spy film in the James Bond series, which began in 1962.
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