943.207(3m)(c) (c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a Class H felony under any of the following circumstances:
943.207(3m)(c)1. 1. If the person transfers sounds into or onto at least 1,000 recordings or advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, possesses or transports at least 1,000 recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period.
943.207(3m)(c)2. 2. If the person transfers sounds on or to the Internet in violation of sub. (1) and the transferred sounds are replayed by others from the Internet at least 1,000 times during a 180-day period.
943.207(3m)(c)3. 3. If the violation occurs after the person has been convicted under this section.
943.207(4) (4) This section does not apply to:
943.207(4)(a) (a) The transfer by a cable television operator or radio or television broadcaster of any recorded sounds, other than from the sound track of a motion picture, intended for, or in connection with, broadcast or other transmission or related uses, or for archival purposes.
943.207(4)(b) (b) The transfer of any video tape or nonvideo audio tape intended for possible use in a civil or criminal action or special proceeding in a court of record.
943.207 History History: 1975 c. 300; 1977 c. 173; 1999 a. 51; 2001 a. 109.
943.208 943.208 Recording performance without consent of performance owner.
943.208(1) (1) Whoever does any of the following for commercial advantage or private financial gain may be penalized as provided in sub. (2):
943.208(1)(a) (a) Creates a recording of a performance without consent of the performance owner and with intent to sell or rent the recording.
943.208(1)(b) (b) Advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents or transports a recording of a performance with knowledge that the sounds, images or both from the performance embodied in the recording were recorded without the consent of the performance owner.
943.208(1)(c) (c) Possesses with intent to advertise, offer for sale or rent, sell, rent or transport a recording of a performance with knowledge that the sounds, images or both from the performance embodied in the recording were recorded without the consent of the performance owner.
943.208(2) (2)
943.208(2)(a)(a) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the person creates, advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses fewer than 1,000 recordings embodying sound or fewer than 100 audiovisual recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period, and the value of the recordings does not exceed $2,500.
943.208(2)(b) (b) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class I felony if the person creates, advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses fewer than 1,000 recordings embodying sound or fewer than 100 audiovisual recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period, and the value of the recordings exceeds $2,500.
943.208(2)(c) (c) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class H felony if the person creates, advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses at least 1,000 recordings embodying sound or at least 100 audiovisual recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period or if the violation occurs after the person has been convicted under this section.
943.208(3) (3) Under this section, the number of recordings that a person rents shall be the sum of the number of times in which each individual recording is rented.
943.208 History History: 1999 a. 51; 2001 a. 109.
943.209 943.209 Failure to disclose manufacturer of recording.
943.209(1)(1) Whoever does any of the following for commercial advantage or private financial gain may be penalized as provided in sub. (2):
943.209(1)(a) (a) Knowingly advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents or transports a recording that does not contain the name and address of the manufacturer in a prominent place on the cover, jacket or label of the recording.
943.209(1)(b) (b) Possesses with intent to advertise, offer for sale or rent, sell, rent or transport a recording that does not contain the name and address of the manufacturer in a prominent place on the cover, jacket or label of the recording.
943.209(2) (2)
943.209(2)(a)(a) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the person advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses fewer than 100 recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period, and the value of the recordings does not exceed $2,500.
943.209(2)(b) (b) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class I felony if the person advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses fewer than 100 recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period, and the value of the recordings exceeds $2,500.
943.209(2)(c) (c) Whoever violates sub. (1) is guilty of a Class H felony if the person advertises, offers for sale or rent, sells, rents, transports or possesses at least 100 recordings in violation of sub. (1) during a 180-day period or if the violation occurs after the person has been convicted under this section.
943.209(3) (3) Under this section, the number of recordings that a person rents shall be the sum of the number of times that each individual recording is rented.
943.209 History History: 1999 a. 51; 2001 a. 109.
943.21 943.21 Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper, recreational attraction, taxicab operator, or gas station.
943.21(1c)(1c) In this section, “recreational attraction" means a public accommodation designed for amusement and includes chair lifts or ski resorts, water parks, theaters, entertainment venues, racetracks, swimming pools, trails, golf courses, carnivals, and amusement parks.
943.21(1m) (1m) Whoever does any of the following may be penalized as provided in sub. (3):
943.21(1m)(a) (a) Having obtained any beverage, food, lodging, ticket or other means of admission, or other service or accommodation at any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, restaurant, or recreational attraction, intentionally absconds without paying for it.
943.21(1m)(b) (b) While a guest at any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, intentionally defrauds the keeper thereof in any transaction arising out of the relationship as guest.
943.21(1m)(c) (c) Having obtained any transportation service from a taxicab operator, intentionally absconds without paying for the service.
943.21(1m)(d) (d) Having obtained gasoline or diesel fuel from a service station, garage, or other place where gasoline or diesel fuel is sold at retail or offered for sale at retail, intentionally absconds without paying for the gasoline or diesel fuel.
943.21(2) (2) Under this section, prima facie evidence of an intent to defraud is shown by:
943.21(2)(a) (a) The refusal of payment upon presentation when due, and the return unpaid of any bank check or order for the payment of money, given by any guest to any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, in payment of any obligation arising out of the relationship as guest. Those facts also constitute prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.
943.21(2)(b) (b) The failure or refusal of any guest at a campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, to pay, upon written demand, the established charge for any beverage, food, lodging or other service or accommodation actually rendered.
943.21(2)(c) (c) The giving of false information on a lodging registration form or the giving of false information or presenting of false or fictitious credentials for the purpose of obtaining any beverage or food, lodging or credit.
943.21(2)(d) (d) The drawing, endorsing, issuing or delivering to any campground, hotel, motel, boarding or lodging house, or restaurant, of any check, draft or order for payment of money upon any bank or other depository, in payment of established charges for any beverage, food, lodging or other service or accommodation, knowing at the time that there is not sufficient credit with the drawee bank or other depository for payment in full of the instrument drawn.
943.21(2g) (2g) If a person has obtained a ticket, another means of admission, or an accommodation or service provided by the recreational attraction, his or her failure or refusal to pay a recreational attraction the established charge for the ticket, other means of admission, or accommodation or service provided by the recreational attraction constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.
943.21(2m) (2m) The refusal to pay a taxicab operator the established charge for transportation service provided by the operator constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.
943.21(2r) (2r) The failure or refusal to pay a service station, garage, or other place where gasoline or diesel fuel is sold at retail or offered for sale at retail the established charge for gasoline or diesel fuel provided by the service station, garage, or other place constitutes prima facie evidence of an intent to abscond without payment.
943.21(3) (3)
943.21(3)(am)(am) Whoever violates sub. (1m) (a), (b), or (c):
943.21(3)(am)1. 1. Is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor when the value of any beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, transportation or other service is $2,500 or less.
943.21(3)(am)2. 2. Is guilty of a Class I felony when the value of any beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, transportation or other service exceeds $2,500.
943.21(3)(bm) (bm) Whoever violates sub. (1m) (d) is subject to a Class D forfeiture.
943.21(3m) (3m)
943.21(3m)(a)(a) Definitions. In this subsection:
943.21(3m)(a)1. 1. “Operating privilege" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (40).
943.21(3m)(a)2. 2. “Repeat offense" means a violation of sub. (1m) (d) that occurs after a person has been found by a court to have violated sub. (1m) (d).
943.21(3m)(b) (b) Driver's license suspension; 2nd offense. Subject to pars. (c) and (d), if a person commits a repeat offense, the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), may suspend the person's operating privilege for not more than 6 months.
943.21(3m)(c) (c) Driver's license suspension; 3rd offense. Subject to par. (d), if a person violates sub. (1m) (d) after having been found by a court to have committed an offense that constitutes a repeat offense, the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), shall suspend the person's operating privilege for not more than 6 months.
943.21(3m)(d) (d) Driver's license suspension; 4th offense. If a person violates sub. (1m) (d) after having his or her operating privilege suspended under par. (c), the court, in addition to imposing any penalty under sub. (3) (bm), shall suspend the person's operating privilege for one year.
943.21(4) (4)
943.21(4)(a)(a) In addition to the other penalties provided for violation of this section, a judge may order a violator to pay restitution under s. 973.20. A victim may not be compensated under this section and s. 943.212.
943.21(4)(b) (b) This subsection is applicable in actions concerning violations of ordinances in conformity with this section.
943.21(5) (5) A judgment may not be entered for a violation of this section or for a violation of an ordinance adopted in conformity with this section, regarding conduct that was the subject of a judgment including exemplary damages under s. 943.212.
943.212 943.212 Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper, recreational attraction, taxicab operator, or gas station; civil liability.
943.212(1)(1) Any person who incurs injury to his or her business or property as a result of a violation of s. 943.21 may bring a civil action against any adult or emancipated minor who caused the loss for all of the following:
943.212(1)(a) (a) The retail value of the beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, ticket or other means of admission, gasoline or diesel fuel, transportation, or service involved in the violation. A person may recover under this paragraph only if he or she exercises due diligence in demanding payment for the beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, ticket or other means of admission, gasoline or diesel fuel, transportation, or service.
943.212(1)(b) (b) Any property damages not covered under par. (a).
943.212(2) (2) In addition to sub. (1), if the person who incurs the injury prevails, the judgment in the action may grant any of the following:
943.212(2)(a) (a) Exemplary damages of not more than 3 times the amount under sub. (1) (a) and (b). No additional proof is required for an award of exemplary damages under this paragraph. Exemplary damages may not be granted for conduct that was the subject of a judgment for violation of s. 943.21 or an ordinance adopted in conformity with that section.
943.212(2)(b)1.1. Notwithstanding the limitations of s. 814.04, reasonable attorney fees for actions commenced under ch. 801.
943.212(2)(b)2. 2. Attorney fees under s. 799.25 for actions commenced under ch. 799.
943.212(3) (3) Notwithstanding sub. (2), the total amount awarded for exemplary damages and attorney fees may not exceed $300.
943.212(4) (4)
943.212(4)(a)(a) At least 20 days prior to commencing an action, as specified in s. 801.02, under this section, the plaintiff shall notify the defendant, by mail, of his or her intent to bring the action and of the acts constituting the basis for the violation of s. 943.21. The plaintiff shall send the notice by regular mail supported by an affidavit of service of mailing or by a certificate of mailing obtained from the U.S. post office from which the mailing was made. The plaintiff shall mail the notice to the defendant's last-known address or to the address provided on the check or order. If the defendant pays the amount due for the beverage, food, lodging, accommodation, ticket or other means of admission, transportation, or service prior to the commencement of the action, he or she is not liable under this section.
943.212(4)(b) (b) This subsection does not apply to an action based on acts that constitute a violation of s. 943.21 (1m) (d).
943.212(5) (5) The plaintiff has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation occurred under s. 943.21. A conviction under s. 943.21 is not a condition precedent to bringing an action, obtaining a judgment or collecting that judgment under this section.
943.212(6) (6) A person is not criminally liable under s. 943.30 for any civil action brought in good faith under this section.
943.212(7) (7) Nothing in this section precludes a plaintiff from bringing the action under ch. 799 if the amount claimed is within the jurisdictional limits of s. 799.01 (1) (d).
943.212 History History: 1991 a. 65; 1995 a. 160; 2003 a. 80, 252, 327; 2005 a. 253.
943.215 943.215 Absconding without paying rent.
943.215(1) (1) Whoever having obtained the tenancy, as defined in s. 704.01 (4), of residential property he or she is entitled to occupy, intentionally absconds without paying all current and past rent due is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
943.215(2) (2) A person has a defense to prosecution under sub. (1) if he or she has provided the landlord with a security deposit that equals or exceeds the amount that the person owes the landlord regarding rent and damage to property.
943.215(3) (3) A person has a defense to prosecution under sub. (1) if, within 5 days after the day he or she vacates the rental premises, he or she pays all current and past rent due or provides to the landlord, in writing, a complete and accurate forwarding address.
943.215(4) (4) When the existence of a defense under sub. (2) or (3) has been placed in issue by the trial evidence, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the facts constituting the defense do not exist in order to sustain a finding of guilt under sub. (1).
943.215(5) (5)Subsection (1) does not apply to any tenant against whom a civil judgment has been entered for punitive damages because the tenant left the premises with unpaid rent.
943.215 History History: 1989 a. 336.
943.22 943.22 Use of cheating tokens. Whoever obtains the property or services of another by depositing anything which he or she knows is not lawful money or an authorized token in any receptacle used for the deposit of coins or tokens is subject to a Class C forfeiture.
943.22 History History: 1977 c. 173.
943.225 943.225 Refusal to pay for a motor bus ride.
943.225(1) (1) In this section, “motor bus" has the meaning specified in s. 340.01 (31).
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 58 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 20, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 20, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-20-17)