Malaysian cinemas have found a powerful new weapon in their fight against movie pirates -- military-style night-vision goggles.
After showing people to their seats, trained ushers
are strapping on the goggles and scanning darkened
cinemas around the country to spot anyone trying to
make illegal copies of movies with hand-held video
recorders or mobile phones.
The Motion Picture Association, which is training
Malaysian ushers to catch the pirates, said cinemas
had caught 17 people in the past two months, during
which Hollywood studios released blockbusters like
"Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean."
Malaysia figures on the U.S. watchlist for movie and
software piracy, but local authorities have launched
a major crackdown on producers and retailers of
illegal DVDs since the country began free-trade
talks with the United States a year ago.
The association, which represents the big Hollywood
studios, recently brought to Malaysia two dogs
trained to sniff out DVDs -- with stunning results.