2020 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 18 - Criminal Code
Article 9. Offenses Against Public Peace, Order, and Decency
Section 18-9-314. Interference with lawful distribution of newspapers - definitions.

Universal Citation: CO Rev Stat § 18-9-314 (2020)

(1) A person commits the offense of interference with lawful distribution of newspapers when that person obtains or exerts unauthorized control over more than five copies of an edition of a newspaper from a newspaper distribution container owned or leased by the newspaper publisher with the intent to prevent other individuals from reading that edition of the newspaper. Control is unauthorized if there is a notice on the newspaper or on the newspaper distribution container that possession of more than five copies with intent to prevent other individuals from reading that edition of the newspaper is illegal.

(2) Interference with lawful distribution of newspapers is an unclassified misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of:

  1. Up to one thousand dollars if the number of newspapers involved was one hundred orfewer or the number of newspapers involved was not determined;

  2. Up to two thousand five hundred dollars if the number of newspapers involved wasmore than one hundred and fewer than five hundred;

  3. Up to five thousand dollars if the number of newspapers involved was five hundredor more.

(3) As used in this section:

  1. "Edition of a newspaper" means a single press run of a newspaper.

  2. "Newspaper" means a periodical that includes news, editorials, opinion, features, orother matters of public interest distributed on a complimentary basis. "Newspaper" includes any student periodical distributed at any institution of higher education.

  3. "Periodical" means a publication produced on a regular interval.

  1. Notwithstanding any other remedies provided under this section, the newspaper publisher who is the victim of interference with lawful distribution of newspapers, an advertiser who placed an advertisement in the newspaper, or a newspaper reader who regularly reads the newspaper shall have a private civil right of action as provided in section 13-21-123, C.R.S., against the person or persons who acted in violation of subsection (1) of this section.

  2. This section shall not apply to a person who, with the authority or permission of theperson who possesses real or personal property, removes or disposes of newspapers that have been deposited in or left on that property without the authority or permission of the person who possesses the real or personal property.

Source: L. 2013: Entire section added, (HB 13-1014), ch. 7, p. 17, § 2, effective August 7.

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