actress Tina Fey and the Sheriff of State Street at a press conference this morning at which Cuomo announced efforts to crack down on the creation, distribution and sale of illegally recorded movies in New York.
"New York has become the hub for a criminal network dedicated to film piracy,” Cuomo said. “The wide distribution of pirated films originating from New York costs our state vital economic resources, including thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue."
"We are all paying a price for the leniency given to this type of organized crime, and I will not let it continue on my watch.”
Cuomo unveiled the Piracy Protection Act, which would make illegal recording of a film or live performance a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders would be charged with a felony.
The legislation will be carried by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Sen. Frank Padavan.
Cuomo also announced the creation of a new special assistant AG position to coordinate state and local law enforcement anti-piracy efforts. This individual will work with Cuomo's Organized Crime Task Force.
Evidently, Fey didn't speak at the press conference, although the following quote in Cuomo's press release is atttributed to her:
"As an actor, a writer and a New Yorker, it's discouraging to see the widespread effects piracy has had on our industry. Piracy is an issue that is often overlooked, but is one that has an enormous negative impact on every person who works in entertainment, from the stagehands, to the actors, to the producers and so on.
It means a great deal to have our Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, speak out on behalf of all New Yorkers within the artistic community of this city and State.
And remember, when you buy a DVD, you should not be able to see the heads of people watching it in a movie theater at the bottom of the screen.”
ONTD gets a mention in NYC Metro Paper
The majority of Movies I:
Watch at the movie theater
Purchase the DVD
Rent through Netflix