Privacy and cable television. 134.43(1g)(a)
“Equipment" means equipment provided by a multichannel video provider that enables a subscriber to receive video programming.
“Subscriber" means a person who subscribes to video programming provided by a multichannel video provider.
Upon the request of a subscriber, the subscriber's equipment shall be fitted with a device under the control of the subscriber that enables the subscriber to prevent reception and transmission of messages identified in par. (b)
by the subscriber's equipment.
The device in par. (a)
shall control all messages received and transmitted by the subscriber's equipment except messages recurring at constant intervals, including those related to security, fire, and utility service.
Each multichannel video provider shall notify each subscriber in writing of the opportunity to request the device under par. (a)
No subscriber may be required to pay any extra fee for the installation and operation of a device requested under par. (a)
This subsection does not apply to a multichannel video provider that provides video programming via Internet protocol technology.
No person may intrude on the privacy of another by doing any of the following without the written consent of the subscriber given within the preceding 2 years:
Monitor the subscriber's equipment or the use of it, except to verify the system's integrity or to collect information for billing of pay services.
Provide anyone with the name or address or other information that discloses or reasonably leads to the disclosure of any aspect of the behavior, including but not limited to individual habits, preferences or finances, of the subscriber or of a member of the subscriber's household.
Conduct research that requires the response of the subscriber or of any member of the subscriber's household, except by mail or personal interview, unless the subscriber or household member has been notified in writing before the research begins and at least once each month while the research is being conducted.
A person may supply the name, address, or other information identifying a subscriber or member of the subscriber's household to another person if the person receiving the information uses it only for billing of pay services or to send listings of video programming programs to the subscriber and if the subscriber is notified in writing of that supplying of information, given the opportunity to object to that supplying and does not object to that supplying.
Any person receiving information under par. (a)
may use it only for the purposes specified in par. (a)
and is otherwise subject to sub. (2)
Any person who is the victim of an intrusion of privacy under this section is entitled to relief under s. 995.50 (1)
unless the act is permissible under ss. 968.27
Subsections (2) (b)
do not apply to information regarding the name, address or employer of or financial information related to a subscriber or member of a subscriber's household that is requested under s. 49.22 (2m)
by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
Any person who violates this section is subject to a forfeiture of not to exceed $50,000 for a first offense and not to exceed $100,000 for a 2nd or subsequent offense.
Damages under sub. (3)
are not limited to damages for pecuniary loss but shall not be presumed in the absence of proof.
Contracts restricting days for exhibiting motion picture films; penalty. 134.45(1)(1)
As used in this section the following words and terms shall be construed as follows:
“Person" shall include any natural person, partnership, firm, unincorporated association, limited liability company or corporation doing business within this state.
“Public exhibition" shall mean any exhibition, performance or display which the public may see, view or attend for an admission price, fee or other valuable consideration.
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter into a contract, directly or indirectly, to sell, rent, lease, license, lend, distribute or barter a motion picture film for public exhibition within this state upon the condition imposed by the seller, vendor, renter, lessor, licensor or distributor that such public exhibition thereof shall begin, occur or take place on a certain or specified day or days of the week.
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than $25 nor more than $300 for the first offense, and shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $500 for each separate subsequent offense.
A domestic or foreign corporation, association or limited liability company exercising any of the powers, franchises or functions of a business entity in this state that violates any provision of this section, shall not have the right of, and shall be prohibited from, doing business in this state, and the department of financial institutions shall revoke its certificate to do business in this state.
When, upon complaint or otherwise, the attorney general or district attorney has good reason to believe that any provision of this section has been violated, he or she shall commence and prosecute the necessary actions in the supreme court, or in the circuit court of the county in which the defendant resides, for enforcement of this section. Such actions may include quo warranto, injunction or any other proceedings.
History: 1993 a. 112
; 1995 a. 27
Exhibition of explicit sexual material at outdoor theater. 134.46(1)(a)
“Explicit sexual material" means any pictorial or other visual representation depicting sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse.
“Harmful to minors" means that quality of any description or representation of sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, when it:
Predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors;
Is patently offensive to an average person applying contemporary community standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and
Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.
“Outdoor theater" means a place where any picture or other visual representation or image is displayed on a screen or other background not completely enclosed by walls and a roof and which screen or background can be seen by individuals not within the confines of the theater.
“Sexual conduct" means acts of masturbation, homosexuality, sexual intercourse or physical contact with a person's unclothed genitals or pubic area.
Exhibition of explicit sexual material prohibited.
No person may exhibit explicit sexual material harmful to minors at an outdoor theater with knowledge of the nature of the material, if the material is visible from a public street, sidewalk, thoroughfare or other public place or from private property where it may be observed by minors.
Any person violating this section after receiving proper written notice shall be subject to a forfeiture not to exceed $1,000. Each exhibition constitutes a separate violation of this section.
Contracts for the display of free newspapers. 134.48(1)(a)
“Newspaper" means a publication that is printed on newsprint and that is published, printed and distributed periodically at daily, weekly or other short intervals for the dissemination of current news and information of a general character and of a general interest to the public.
“Place of public accommodation" means a business, accommodation, refreshment, entertainment, recreation or transportation facility where goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public.
A contract for the display of a newspaper that is distributed free of charge to the public in a place of public accommodation may not prohibit the person displaying the newspaper for distribution from displaying any other newspaper that is distributed free of charge to the public. A provision in a contract that violates this subsection is unenforceable, but does not affect the enforceability of the remaining provisions of the contract.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2017 a. 365
Renewals and extensions of business contracts. 134.49(1)(a)
“Business contract" means a contract that is entered into for the lease of business equipment, if any of the business equipment is used primarily in this state, or for providing business services, but only if the contract is for the direct benefit of the end user of the business equipment or business services. “Business contract" does not include any of the following:
A contract in which a customer agrees to purchase from a seller an undetermined amount of business services or lease from the seller an undetermined amount of business equipment, and agrees to pay the seller based on the amount of business services received or business equipment leased, subject to a predetermined minimum payment in a 12-month period specified in the contract, if the predetermined minimum payment is $250,000 or more.
A contract for the lease or purchase of real property.
A contract for the lease of a vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued under ch. 342
A contract for the lease of equipment that is for personal, family, or household purposes.
A contract for the purchase of services that are for personal, family, or household purposes.
An interconnection agreement, as defined in s. 196.01 (3b)
, or a contract or agreement offered by a telecommunications utility, as defined in s. 196.01 (10)
, to meet obligations imposed on the telecommunications utility under 47 USC 151
A contract for the lease or purchase of telecommunications service, as defined in s. 196.01 (9m)
, including commercial mobile service, as defined in s. 196.01 (2i)
, if the contract is derived from a tariff issued by a telecommunications provider, as defined in s. 196.01 (8p)
, or if the contract permits the lessee or purchaser to terminate the contract after an automatic renewal by giving written notice, permits the termination to take effect not more than one month after receipt of the written notice, and permits a termination without liability for fees or penalties other than a payment for services or equipment used during the period before the termination takes effect, if the amount of the payment is one of the following:
The amount of the periodic payment due under the contract multiplied by the number of periods during which the services or equipment are provided before the termination takes effect.
If the contract does not provide for periodic payments, a portion of the amount due under the contract that is proportional to the portion of the renewed contract term that elapsed before the termination takes effect.
A contract that permits a customer to terminate an automatically renewed or extended contract period by giving the seller notice of the customer's intention to terminate the contract period, if the contract does not require the customer to give notice to the seller more than one month before the date of the customer's intended termination.
A contract to which a federal, state, or local government entity is a party.
A contract between a cooperative association organized under ch. 185
and a member of the cooperative, or a contract under which a cooperative association organized under ch. 185
is a seller.
A contract for the lease, maintenance, repair, service, or inspection of elevator or escalator systems, including mechanical and electrical components of such systems when built into real property.
A contract for the supply of industrial, medical, or other gases in any form, including for the lease, service, or use of cylinders, tanks, hard goods, or other related equipment involved in supplying the gases.
“Customer" means a person who conducts business in this state and who is the lessee under a business contract that is entered into for the lease of business equipment or the purchaser under a business contract that is entered into for the purchase of business services.
“Seller" means the provider of a business service or the lessor of business equipment under a business contract.
Subject to par. (d)
, if a business contract that is entered into, modified, or renewed after May 1, 2011, provides that the contract will be automatically renewed or extended for an additional period unless the customer declines renewal or extension, and the duration of the additional period is more than one month, the seller shall do one of the following:
At the time the customer enters into the contract, present to the customer a copy of a form including the disclosures required under par. (b)
and obtain the customer's signature on the form.
Include the disclosures required under par. (b)
in the contract in a conspicuous manner and obtain the customer's initials on the contract on a page on which a disclosure appears.
A disclosure required under par. (a)
shall contain all of the following:
A statement that the contract will be renewed or extended unless the customer declines renewal or extension.
A statement indicating the duration of the additional contract period that would result from an automatic renewal or extension period.
A statement indicating whether an increase in charges to the customer will apply upon an automatic renewal or extension.
A description of action the customer must take to decline renewal or extension.
The date of the deadline for the customer to decline renewal or extension.
If a seller fails to comply with par. (a)
, an automatic renewal or extension provision in the contract is not enforceable, and the contract terminates at the end of the current contract term.
does not apply to a contract in effect on May 1, 2011, or to subsequent renewals of such a contract.
If a business contract that has an initial term of more than one year provides that the contract will be automatically renewed or extended for an additional term of more than one year, unless the customer declines renewal or extension, and the deadline for the customer to decline renewal or extension of the contract is more than 60 days after May 1, 2011, the provision is not enforceable against the customer and the contract will terminate at the end of the current contract term unless the seller provides to the customer, at least 15 days but not more than 60 days before the deadline for the customer to decline renewal or extension, a written notice containing all of the following:
A statement that the contract will be renewed or extended unless the customer declines renewal or extension.