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609.896 CRIMINAL USE OF REAL PROPERTY.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them.
(a) "Audiovisual recording function" means the capability of a device to record or transmit
a motion picture or any part of a motion picture by means of any technology now known or
later developed.
(b) "Convicted" includes a conviction for a similar offense under the law of another state
or the federal government.
(c) "Motion picture theater" means a movie theater, screening room, or other venue when
used primarily for the exhibition of a motion picture.
    Subd. 2. Crime. (a) Any person in a motion picture theater while a motion picture is being
exhibited who knowingly operates an audiovisual recording function of a device without the
consent of the owner or lessee of the motion picture theater is guilty of criminal use of real
property.
(b) If a person is convicted of a first offense, it is a misdemeanor.
(c) If a person is convicted of a second offense, it is a gross misdemeanor.
(d) If a person is convicted of a third or subsequent offense, it is a felony and the person
may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine of not
more than $4,000, or both.
    Subd. 3. Detaining suspects. An owner or lessee of a motion picture theater is a merchant
for purposes of section 629.366.
    Subd. 4. Exception. This section does not prevent any lawfully authorized investigative,
law enforcement protective, or intelligence-gathering employee or agent of the state or federal
government from operating any audiovisual recording device in a motion picture theater where a
motion picture is being exhibited, as part of lawfully authorized investigative, law enforcement
protective, or intelligence gathering activities.
    Subd. 5. Not preclude alternative prosecution. Nothing in this section prevents prosecution
under any other provision of law.
History: 2005 c 136 art 17 s 51