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SECTION 396-X*2
Unauthorized removal or destruction of newspapers
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
* § 396-x. Unauthorized removal or destruction of newspapers. 1. It
shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to maliciously remove or
destroy a newspaper left or delivered on another person's property. For
purposes of this section: (a) "unauthorized removal or destruction"
shall mean malicious removal or destruction by a person other than the
owner or lessee of property or the agent of the owner or lessee of such
property from which the newspaper is removed; (b) "newspaper" shall mean
a paper of general circulation which is printed and distributed
ordinarily not less frequently than once a week and which contains news,
articles of opinion, advertising, or other matters regarded as current
interest; and (c) "another person's property" shall mean property owned
by or leased to another person.

2. The publisher of a newspaper may bring an action under article
sixty-three of the civil practice law and rules to enjoin the
unauthorized removal or destruction of the publisher's newspaper.

3. A knowing violation of this section shall be punishable by a civil
fine of not to exceed one thousand dollars.

4. Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to limit or
modify the applicability of the penal law to the conduct described in
this section.

* NB There are 2 § 396-x's