Friday, August 26, 2011

Obscure Texas Law #5 - Seinfeld Did It

If there are any Seinfeld fans out there, you might remember the episode where Kramer tries to entice Jerry to have cable illegally installed by two Russians.  Well, Jerry's actions would be a Class C misdemeanor here in Texas under this week's obscure Texas law.

Section 31.12 - Theft of or Tampering With Multichannel Video or Information

Under this law, "[a] person commits an offense if, without the authorization of the multichannel video or information services provider, the person intentionally or knowingly makes or maintains a connection, whether physically, electrically, electronically, or inductively, to a television set, videotape recorder, or other receiver attached to a multichannel video or information system."

There is much more to it than that.  If you're curious about whether you may have violated this one in the past (long before the statute of limitations ran out, of course), click on the link above to see the full text of the law.