|SB 0599||Failure to Return Videos a Crime - Increases Penalty|
|LR Number:||S1863.02I||Fiscal Note:||1863-02|
|Committee:||Corrections and General Laws|
|Last Action:||01/09/96 - Hearing Conducted S Corrections & General Laws Committee|
|Effective Date:||August 28, 1996|
SB 599- This act provides for civil and criminal penalties against a person who fails to return a rented video tape.
This act provides that a video store may bring a civil action against an individual who fails to return a video tape. If a video store member or someone using this membership fails to pay late charges for the late return of a video within thirty days after written notice by the store, such member shall be liable for an amount of $50 or three times the amount of the late charges, whichever is greater. To collect these damages, the video store must have posted a sign at the time the video was rented stating that failure to pay late charges may result in special damages.
This act also creates the crime of misappropriation of a
video cassette. A person is guilty of this crime if: 1) he
intentionally refuses to return a video cassette to the video
store within thirty days after written notice; and 2) these late
charges exceed $100. Misappropriation of a video cassette is a
class A misdemeanor unless the late charges equal $150 or more,
in which case it is a Class C felony.