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720 ILCS 5/21-10
(720 ILCS 5/21-10)
Criminal use of a motion picture
(a) A person commits criminal use of a motion picture exhibition facility, when he or she, where a motion picture is being exhibited, knowingly operates an audiovisual recording function of a device without the consent of the owner
or lessee of that exhibition facility and of the licensor of the
motion picture being exhibited.
(b) Sentence. Criminal use of a motion picture
exhibition facility is a Class 4 felony.
(c) The owner or lessee of a
facility where a motion picture is being exhibited, the authorized agent or employee of that owner
or lessee, or the licensor of the motion picture being
exhibited or his or her agent or employee, who alerts law
enforcement authorities of an alleged violation of this
Section is not liable in any civil action arising out of
measures taken by that owner, lessee, licensor, agent, or employee in
the course of subsequently detaining a person that the owner,
lessee, licensor, agent, or employee, in good faith believed to have
violated this Section while awaiting the arrival of law
enforcement authorities, unless the plaintiff in such an
action shows by clear and convincing evidence that such
measures were manifestly unreasonable or the period of
detention was unreasonably long.
(d) 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 any facility where a motion picture
is being exhibited as part of lawfully authorized
investigative, protective, law enforcement, or intelligence
(e) This Section does not apply to a person who operates an audiovisual recording function of a device in a retail establishment solely to demonstrate the use of that device for sales and display purposes.
(f) Nothing in this Section prevents the prosecution for conduct that constitutes a violation of this Section under any other provision of law providing for a greater penalty.
(g) In this Section, "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 and "facility" does not include a personal residence.
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)