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§ 3-907. Publication of information by videotape distributor

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: April 9, 2013

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 9. Surveillance and Other Crimes Against Privacy
Effective: April 9, 2013
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-907
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 583
§ 3-907. Publication of information by videotape distributor
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Protected individual” means an individual who buys, rents, or borrows a videotape, video disk, or film from a videotape distributor.
(3) “Publish” means to distribute to a person other than the protected individual or an agent of the protected individual.
(4) “Videotape distributor” means a retail establishment operating for profit that sells, rents, or loans videotapes, video disks, or films.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, a videotape distributor, or an agent or employee of a videotape distributor, may not publish the following information relating to sales, rentals, or loans of videotapes, video disks, or films to a protected individual:
(1) any numerical designation used by the videotape distributor to identify the protected individual; or
(2) any listing of videotapes, video disks, or films bought, rented, or borrowed by the protected individual from the videotape distributor.
(c) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months for all violations or a fine not exceeding $500 for each violation or both.
(d) This section does not prohibit the distribution of information protected under subsection (b) of this section to:
(1) a person designated by the videotape distributor and authorized by the protected individual before distribution to receive the information;
(2) any appropriately authorized law enforcement personnel; or
(3) a collection agency used or person designated by the videotape distributor to collect unreturned rental videotapes, video disks, or films, or an amount equal to their value.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2013, c. 43, § 1, eff. April 9, 2013.
Formerly Art. 27, § 583.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-907, MD CRIM LAW § 3-907
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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