Yeah, no kidding. I guess some poor projectionist really wanted the $500 though. That is probably many times more then the silly little bootlegged copy would even hurt them. I for one wouldn't watch a bootleg and call it good.
And to think, all that money the kid would have made off the recording. Probably a net of -$20. Look how prowd the industry is.
You know in the philippines you pay about $1.50 for the good seats, in a good theater and get to stay and watch the movie till the theater closes if you want? So that $500 reward they just spent could have sent about 330 Filippio's to the theater all day. Say the industry made 50% from the ticket. It would take over 660 tickets sold in the Philippines to pay for that reward.