Pair Arrested in ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Piracy Attempt at Linthicum Theater

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An investigator from the Motion Picture Association of America caught a Baltimore man and a Dundalk man red-handed while trying to record the newest film in the “Fast and the Furious” line on Friday, police say.

April 14 marked premiere night for “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in the seemingly endless and highly profitable film franchise. According to Anne Arundel County police, 38-year-old Troy Cornish of Baltimore and 35-year-old Floyd Buchanan of Dundalk went to Hoyts Movie Theater in Linthicum to watch at around 7:30 p.m. However, authorities say they also took it upon themselves to try to record the new film for pirating film-watchers to see.

The incident described wasn’t just an awkward run-in with theater staff. Evidently, an investigator hired by the trade association representing all six major Hollywood studios had been watching the men as they entered the theater. He followed them and, once inside the theater showing the new racing-action film, police say he observed them begin recording the movie through devices affixed to harnesses under their shirts.

After the MPAA investigator called it in, officers searched both Cornish and Buchanan and discovered actively recording cameras on their persons. Police arrested the pair and confiscated their video equipment.

Both have been charged with unauthorized recording in a movie theater, a misdemeanor in Maryland carrying a maximum punishment of a year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

Court records show both men waived their rights to counsel after appearing in court Friday night. Their trials are set for June 15 in Anne Arundel County District Court.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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