France will allow cinemas to install phone jammers

Film screenings and theater performances in France may soon be free from the unwanted interruption of ringing cell phones, following a decision Friday by the French Minister of Industry.

Patrick Devedjian signed into law a provision allowing cinema and theatre owners to install cell-phone jammers to prevent their customers from making or receiving calls during performances. The change, proposed by the French telecommunications regulator, will take effect once it is published in the Journal Officiel, the French paper of record.

Would-be jammers must take care not to disrupt calls outside the auditorium, and not to interfere with the ability to make emergency calls.

The French cinema industry has been calling for the right to jam cell phones for years, the French Ministry of Industry, Economy and Finance said in a statement. Adding to mounting government and industry rhetoric against the copying of films and music, it said the move showed Devedjian's support for cinemas, which it called "the industry's trump card against the rising threat of piracy."

A survey conducted by French market research company TNS Sofres in 2002, when the ART announced a public consultation on jammers, found that 72 percent of French people questioned were strongly in favor of mobile phone jammers in theaters. The proportion in favor was the same for phone owners and non-owners alike, while among regular cinema- and theater-goers, the proportion in favor of jammers was slightly higher.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?