Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-14-102

The following definitions apply in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Cable television company” means any franchise or other duly licensed company which is operated or intended to be operated to perform the service of receiving and amplifying the signals broadcast by one (1) or more television stations and redistributing such signals by wire, cable or other device or means for accomplishing such redistribution to members of the public who subscribe to such service, or distributing through such company's antennae, poles, wires, cables, conduits or other property used in providing service to its subscribers and customers any television signals whether broadcast or not;

(2) “Credit card” means any real or forged instrument, writing or other evidence, whether known as a credit card, credit plate, charge plate or by any other name, which purports to evidence an understanding to pay for property or services delivered or rendered to or upon the order of a designated person or bearer;

(3) “Debit card” means any real or forged instrument, writing or other evidence known by any name issued with or without a fee by an issuer for the use of a depositor in obtaining money, goods, services or anything else of value, payment of which is made against funds previously deposited in an account with the issuer;

(4) “Expired” credit or debit card means a card which is no longer valid because the term shown on it has expired;

(5) “Issuer” means the business organization or financial institution or its duly authorized agent which issues a credit or debit card;

(6) “Library” means any:

(A) Public library;

(B) Library of educational, historical or eleemosynary institution, organization or society;

(C) Archives;  or

(D) Museum;

(7) “Library material” includes any book, plate, picture, photograph, engraving, painting, drawing, map, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, broadside, manuscript, document, letter, public record, microfilm, sound recording, audio-visual materials in any format, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data, processing records, artifacts or other documentary, written or printed materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, belonging to or on loan to or otherwise in the custody of a library;

(8) “Microwave multi-point distribution system station” or “MDS” means any franchise or other duly licensed company which is operated or intended to be operated to perform the service of receiving and amplifying the signals broadcast by one (1) or more television stations, and redistributing such signals by microwave transmissions to members of the public who subscribe to such service, or distributing through such company's antennae, conduits, or other property used in providing service to its subscribers and customers any television signals whether broadcast or not;

(9) “Receiving” includes, but is not limited to, acquiring possession, control, title or taking a security interest in the property;  and

(10) “Revoked” credit or debit card means a card which is no longer valid because permission to use it has been suspended or terminated by the issuer.


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