CA Penal Code Section 653z


Every person who operates a recording device in a motion picture theater while a motion picture is being exhibited, for the purpose of recording a theatrical motion picture and without the express written authority of the owner of the motion picture theater, is guilty of a public offense and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.


For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:


“Recording device” means a photographic, digital or video camera, or other audio or video recording device capable of recording the sounds and images of a motion picture or any portion of a motion picture.


“Motion picture theater” means a theater or other premises in which a motion picture is exhibited.


Nothing in this section shall preclude prosecution under any other provision of law.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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