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      RS 14:223.9     


§223.9.  Unlawful operation of a recording device

A.  For the purposes of this Section:

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

(2)  "Motion picture theater" means a movie theater, screening room, or other venue that is being utilized primarily for the exhibition of a motion picture at the time of the offense.

B.  It is unlawful for any person to knowingly operate the audiovisual recording function of any device in a motion picture theater while a motion picture is being exhibited without the written consent of the motion picture theater owner.

C.(1)  Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(2)  On a second or subsequent conviction, the offender shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both.

(3)  For the purposes of this Section, "conviction" also includes a conviction for a similar offense under the law of another state or the federal government.

D.  The owner or lessee of a motion picture theater, or the authorized agent or employee of such owner or lessee, who alerts law enforcement authorities of an alleged violation of this Section shall not be liable in any civil action arising out of actions taken by such owner, lessee, agent, or employee in the course of subsequently detaining a person believed in good faith to have violated the provisions of this Section unless the plaintiff can show by clear and convincing evidence that such measures were manifestly unreasonable or the period of detention was for an unreasonable length of time.

E.  This Section shall not prevent any lawfully authorized investigative, law enforcement protective, or intelligence gathering employee or agent of the local, state, or federal government, from operating any audiovisual recording device in a motion picture theater, as part of lawfully authorized investigative, protective, law enforcement, or intelligence gathering activities.

F.  Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent  prosecution under any other provision of law providing for a greater penalty.

Acts 2005, No. 11, §1.

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