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Louisiana Recording Laws

Louisiana Recording Law Summary:Louisiana Recording Law

Louisiana recording law stipulates that it is a one-party consent state. In Louisiana, it is a criminal offense to use any device to record, obtain, use or share communications, whether they are wire, oral or electronic, without the consent of at least one person taking part in the communication. This means that in Louisiana, you are legally allowed to record a conversation if you are a contributor, or with prior consent from one of the involved parties. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:1303.

This state also forbids the recording or sharing obtained illegally under its video voyeurism laws. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14:283.

Personal Conversations:

You may not record, obtain, use or share conversations that you are not a part of without the consent of at least one party.

If you are a third-party and require consent from the parties taking part in the conversation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that you may gain consent to make a recording by:

  • Getting verbal or written consent prior to the recording being made.
  • A verbal notification being played before the conversation begins. (For example: “This phone call is being recorded for quality control purposes…”).
  • An audible beep tone being repeated at steady intervals during the duration of the conversation.

Penalties:

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15:1303: Infractions against Kentucky’s eavesdropping law, either the recording or disclosure of communications without the required consent is subject to a $10,000 fine and a prison sentence of a maximum of 10 years of hard labor.

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14:283(B): Infractions against Kentucky’s video voyeurism law are subject to a court fine and a prison sentence of a maximum of two to ten years of hard labor.

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