What is Motion Picture Piracy in OH?
Using any kind of audio/visual recording device in a setting like a movie theater is considered Motion Picture Privacy (O.R.C. 2913.07) by prosecutors in Cleveland.
The charge isn’t based on smuggling an expensive camera into a crowded theater on opening night and can be levied against even someone who activates the camera on their cell phone to record part or all of a film.
Penalties for Motion Picture Piracy in OH
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.
Multiple Piracy Offenses in Ohio
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.
Representation for Motion Picture Piracy Charges in Ohio
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 Ohio federal piracy attorney for free.