In the first trial of its kind in the United States, a federal jury in Los Angeles recently convicted a 70-year-old retired painter of illegally bringing a camcorder into a movie theater to record “The Legend of Zorro.”

The jury’s decision against Manuel Sandoval was the first brought under the U.S. Family and Entertainment Copyright Act, a year-old law that gives prosecutors the ability to pursue charges against individuals who illegally copy movies or music. USA v. Sandoval, No. 06cr00054 (C.D. Calif.).

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