My questions involves criminal law for the state of: New Mexico
Question 1: Is it legal to record over the air police scanner audio and the post it to a website in my state?
Question 2: What if the audio was recorded and then modified, removing "dead air" space or the chirps and tones usually heard on a scanner, so that a person may be able to more easily or in a more timely manner listen to the scanner audio. Would the audio be considered my private property at that point and/or could it be posted to a website at that point?
If the answers to my above questions are "No", then how can the nightly news/CNN etc. play 911 calls, which are recorded off the air or are purchased from someone who recorded it off the air. By what legal authority are they doing this? AND they do this on a national basis AND the last time I checked they are providing the news for money.