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Take care the next time you sneak your videocamera into a movie theater to illegally bootleg a first-run feature: The City Council has passed legislation raising the fine for such behavior to $5000. In addition, Variety reports that the mayor

has tasked his administration to boost efforts through undercover investigations and inspections, documenting trademark infringements, and using nuisance abatement law to hold accountable the owners of buildings where movies are duped and sold.

The story notes that more than "40% of all counterfeit CDs seized in the U.S. are made within the New York metro area," which kind of makes us proud to call this city home, but if the crackdown proves as oddly successful as the rest of Mr. Bloomberg's War on Fun it's goodbye, grainy copy of Blades of Glory. Is nothing illegal in this city sacred?

Costs up for illegally videotaping films [Variety]