‘Mad Buddies’: man caught red-handed recording schuster’s latest movie in cinema

2012-06-23 00:00

A MAN was caught red-handed “stealing” the new Leon Schuster film Mad Buddies off the big screen using a camcorder. The incident occured during the first screening at Ster-Kinekor in Maponya Mall, Soweto.

The suspect is believed to work for a pirate syndicate in the Johannesburg area, which released a copy of Mad Buddies on the streets of Johannesburg earlier this week. He will appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court, for bail on Monday.

This was one of two camcording incidents that staff had to deal with when the film was released yesterday. The other suspect, spotted at Bedford Centre, fled after being approached by Ster-Kinekor staff.

Corne Guldenpfennig, of the South African Federation against Copyright Theft (Safact), said tight security had been implemented countrywide at all cinemas in an attempt to prevent Mad Buddies being stolen prior to the release of the film on DVD.

Safact is encouraging members of the public to say no to piracy, and to report any incidents of suspicious activity in a cinema to the manager or staff. You can also SMS concerns to Crimeline at 32211 or phone Safact at 011 403 1104/5 or e-mail Safact at info@safact.co.za. • arts@witness.co.za

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