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Definition 1:  An "owner" means any person who has a right to possession superior to that of a taker, obtainer or withholder. 

Source:  General Statutes 53a-118 (a) (5) (applies to Part IX:  Larceny, Robbery and Related Offenses, 53a-119 -- 53a-136a).

Commentary:  See State v. Morant, 242 Conn. 666, 671 (1997), overruled in part on other grounds, Shabazz v. State, 259 Conn. 811 (2002) (a person cannot be the owner of "contraband").  Contraband is defined in 54-36a (1) as "any property, the possession of which is prohibited by any provision of the general statutes." 

General Statutes 53a-118 (b), (c), and (d) qualify the meaning of "owner" in the context of stolen property, jointly owned property, and security interests in property.  See LARCENY, Instruction 9.1-1.

Definition 2:  "Owner" means an owner or lessee of a computer or a computer network, or an owner, lessee or licensee of computer data, computer programs or computer software.

Source:  General Statutes 53-451 (10) (applies to Internet Crimes).    




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