These days, pretty much everyone is carrying a smartphone in their pocket or purse that includes a high quality camera and audio recording capabilities.
Handheld video cameras are smaller, lighter, and more discreet than ever, so the risk of theft that creators of motion pictures face is very real in the modern theater environment.
To help prevent Motion Picture Piracy (O.R.C. 2913.07), the state of Ohio has made it a First Degree Misdemeanor to record a motion picture in a movie theater or retail establishment, in whole or in part.
The penalties for a conviction of motion picture piracy may carry a sentence as long as six months.
Subsequent arrests for Motion Picture Piracy will be charged as Fifth Degree Felonies, which can lead to one year sentences.
Don’t take chances with charges of Motion Picture Piracy, and make sure that your rights are protected.
Police often demand to view the contents of a personal phone without a warrant, or take other actions that can taint key evidence in their cases.
The attorneys at Patituce & Associates go through every step of every case in order to make sure our clients have the very best representation available.
If you or a family member are facing motion picture piracy charges, call us today at (440) 709-8088 and speak to an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney for free.