Old habits die hard, am I right? A Chinese student was caught in London illegally taping a film at a cinema and has now been deported from the UK after police found his visa had expired, according to a London-based Chinese Business Gazette.
WantChinaTimes reports that the student, surnamed Shu, is the first student abroad to actually be detained for violating intellectual property rights.
The incident took place in August when Shu entered the theater suspiciously wearing a large coat, despite the summer heat. The staff was alerted, and he was caught inside the theater trying to record the film with a video camera he had smuggled in.
Shu told police that it was his first time taping a film in a theater, but police records showed that he was was caught in the act committing the very same crime a year ago. They also found a stash of illegal DVDs in his house.
The student denied allegations of making the fake DVDs for profit, and although police were unable to make a conviction due to insufficient evidence, they arranged to have him exported due to an expired visa, back to China, where his shoddy bootlegged DVDs were wholly welcomed with open arms.
Only a few months prior, another Chinese student was deported from Ireland on an expired visa after being unexpectedly detained by an immigration officer during a shopping trip to Belfast.
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