Maine Recording Law Summary:
Maine recording law stipulates that it is a one-party consent state. In Maine, 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, unless the conversation is audible by normal, unaided hearing. This means that in Maine, you are legally allowed to record a conversation if you are a contributor, or with prior consent from one of the involved parties. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 710.
This state’s privacy laws also forbid the recording or sharing of images obtained illegally. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 17-A, §511.
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.
Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 17-A, §§ 1251, 1301: It is considered a Class C crime to illegally record or share communications, subject to a $5,000 fine and a maximum of five years imprisonment..
Id: Infractions against Maine’s privacy law are considered a Class D crime subject to a $2,000 fine and less than a year in jail.