West Virginia Code
1 - CRIMES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT
2 - CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
3 - CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY
3A - SHOPLIFTING
3B - TRESPASS
3C - WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTER CRIME A
3D - THEFT OF CABLE TELEVISION SERV
3E - OFFENSES INVOLVING EXPLOSIVES
4 - FORGERY AND CRIMES AGAINST THE
5 - CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC JUSTICE
5A - BRIBERY AND CORRUPT PRACTICES
6 - CRIMES AGAINST THE PEACE
7 - DANGEROUS WEAPONS
7A - STATE MENTAL HEALTH REGISTRY;
8 - CRIMES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALI
8A - PREPARATION, DISTRIBUTION OR E
8B - SEXUAL OFFENSES
8C - FILMING OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT C
8D - CHILD ABUSE
8F - SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT
9 - EQUITABLE REMEDIES IN AID OF CH
10 - CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY
11 - GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING
11A - VICTIM PROTECTION ACT OF 198
11B - CRIMINAL OFFENSE REDUCTION
12 - POSTMORTEM EXAMINATIONS
12A - FATALITY AND MORTALITY REVIE
13 - ANTI-ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ENTER
14 - HUMAN TRAFFICKING
15 - MONEY LAUNDERING
CHAPTER 61. CRIMES AND THEIR PUNISHMENT.
ARTICLE 8E. DISPLAY OF VIDEO RATINGS OR LACK THEREOF.
The Legislature finds that the motion picture industry has had an effective voluntary film rating system for many years. It further finds that with the advent of movie video cassette sales and rentals that the variety and number of movie video cassettes available to the consumer for home use has significantly increased. This growth in the marketplace has resulted in some film makers and distributors choosing not to be subject to the voluntary rating system, putting the consumer in the position of being without the guidance of such rating system in making rental or purchase decisions. The Legislature believes that the public has a right to be informed about movie video cassette ratings or the lack thereof in making rental or purchase decisions.
In this article, unless a different meaning is plainly required:
(1) “Business entity” means any sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation;
(2) “Official rating” means an official rating of the Motion Picture Association of America and the Film Advisory Board, Inc.; and
(3) “Video movie” means a video tape or video disc copy of a motion picture film.
(a) No business entity in this state shall sell, offer for sale, rent or offer for rent, any video movie which does not have visibly and legibly displayed on the cassette case or jacket, an official rating or, if the motion picture film has obtained no such rating, the designation “NOT RATED” or “N.R.”.
(b) Any business entity which knowingly violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, for a first offense conviction shall be fined not more than $25. A conviction for a second or subsequent offense shall subject the offender to a fine not to exceed $100.