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Illinois Criminal Code of 1961

Article 21: Miscellaneous Trespass Offenses

The final two offenses described in Article 21 of the Illinois Criminal Code are criminal use of a motion picture exhibition facility and distributing printed solicitation on school property. The former, though its name sounds complicated, simply refers to when a person records the film they are watching in a movie theater without permission. A violation of this law is a Class 4 felony. The latter can be prosecuted when a person distributes advertisements on school property for an event where illegal acts will be committed. If a defendant is convicted, a Class C misdemeanor will appear on his record.

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The text below comes from Article 21 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961. This law may have changed -- please read the important legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 - Article 21

Sec. 21-10. Criminal use of a motion picture exhibition facility.
    (720 ILCS 5/21-10)

(a) Any person, where a motion picture is being exhibited, who 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 is guilty of criminal use of a motion picture exhibition facility.

(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 gathering activities. (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. 93-804, eff. 7-24-04.)

Sec. 21.3-5. Distributing or delivering written or printed solicitation on school property.
    (720 ILCS 5/21.3-5)

(a) Distributing or delivering written or printed solicitation on school property or within 1,000 feet of school property, for the purpose of inviting students to any event when a significant purpose of the event is to commit illegal acts or to solicit attendees to commit illegal acts, or to be held in or around abandoned buildings, is prohibited.

(b) A violation of this Section is a Class C misdemeanor.

(c) For the purposes of this Section, "school property" is defined as the buildings or grounds of any public or private elementary or secondary school.

(d) The provisions of this Section are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes. (Source: P.A. 88-357.)

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