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51-301. Unlawful use of a recording device. (a) Unlawful use of a recording device is knowingly operating, in a motion picture theater, while a motion picture is being exhibited, an audiovisual recording function of a device without the consent of the owner or lessee of such theater.

(b) Unlawful use of a recording device is a class A nonperson misdemeanor on conviction of the first offense. Unlawful use of a recording device is a severity level 9, nonperson felony on conviction of a second or subsequent conviction.

(c) This section shall not apply to a person operating an audiovisual recording device as part of such person's lawfully authorized investigative, law enforcement, protective or intelligence gathering duties as a lawfully authorized investigative, law enforcement, protective or intelligence gathering employee or agent of the state or federal government.

(d) As used in this section:

(1) "Audiovisual recording function" means the capability of a device to record or transmit a motion picture or any part thereof by means of any technology now known or later developed.

(2) "Motion picture theater" means a movie theater, screening room or other venue when used primarily for the exhibition of a motion picture.

History: L. 2004, ch. 64, ยง 1; July 1.


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