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Bill Could Outlaw Video Recording in Movie Theaters

February 14, 2005
By: Ian Roth
State Capital Bureau

Video recording in movie theaters could soon become criminal activity if legislators have their way. Ian Roth has more from the State Capitol.

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Legislators in both houses would like to see Missouri join 18 other states in passing a bill that would make audio-visual recording inside movie theaters illegal. Senator John Griesheimer says he knows this is becoming more common because he has seen it with his own eyes.

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"I actually witnessed someone who took their camera phone and was taking pictures even though the staff told them not to. I saw somebody actually doing this."

Should the proposed bill pass, video recording in movie theaters would become a Class A Misdemeanor for first offenses, and a Class D Felony for all subsequent offenses.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ian Roth.

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Using high technology to steal cable television and video recording in movie theaters could both soon be criminal offenses in Missouri. Here's Ian Roth from the State Capitol with more.

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New bills proposed in both legislative houses could outlaw illegal pirating of cable television feeds in Missouri. Audio-visual recording inside of movie theaters could also be criminalized if Senator John Griesheimer's proposed bill passes.

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"With the advent of the camera phone and the high technology the way it is, it's ging to be more and more prevalent throughout the United States, not just here in Missouri."

If the bill passes, it would make such acts Class A Misdemeanors for first offenses and Class D Felonies for subsequent offenses. In the past two years there have been 18 other states to pass similar bills.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ian Roth.

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Receiving cable television feeds without paying for them could soon be against the law in Missouri. Ian Roth has more from the state capitol.

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Pirating cable television feeds could soon be a Class A Misdemeanor if proposed legislation passes. The proposed bill would also outlaw using audio-visual recording devices inside of movie theaters. Senator John Griesheimer sponsored the bill, saying it was meant to combat abuse of high technology.

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"Currently there is law, but they're trying to strengthen the law a little bit so people don't knowingly try to tap in and steal cable TV from providers."

If Missouri passes the bill, it would become the 19th state to pass similar legislation.

From Jefferson City, I'm Ian Roth.