New York Moves To Ban Public Filming And Photography

Broad rules do not exempt amateur photographers, independent reporters and filmmakers

With vague reasoning and little explanation, moves are afoot in the city of New York to stamp out all forms of filming in public, be it by professional television crews, protestors or simply by tourists on sightseeing trips.

Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks, reports the New York Times.

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4 Responses

  1. Steve’s comments “Ok, This is RIDICULOUS!!!!”

    Steve, this is actually a great post topic. You should title your posts so that people have an idea of what its about and want to read further. A year from now, people can see the new title and know what its about. Ok, this is rid…. is your opinion, and should be left in the body of the post or on the comments after the main post. Surely not a descriptive title. Good post, but a little constructive critism is do.

    Alex, i hope you are right. You know skaters are going to test that shit for sure. We will run with camera in hand fleeing at all costs. Seems unconstitutional to me.

  2. shull schooling some dudes in web etiquette.

    and i would not say it is unconstitutional. it aims to protect peoples privacy. people who do not want to be in the background of a photo shot or whatever. people who dont want to be randomly filmed doing whatever, and having it end up on youtube. But a good argument would be in the public sphere, one has limited privacy rights.

    for large film protection these laws are just ways for NY to get money, because it forces them to get permits. and NY can change whatever they want for the permits.

    I think this all stems from a case, where someone was filmed randomly in the streets then it was place in a movie (Borat? i think) and then filed suit because this person did not give consent to the production.

    But hey, if the police force can film us. Which NY police department has begun to do. Cameras on the street corners or stoplights. So why should the citizens not be able to film. Story about this recently shown on cnn.

    Yup, that is about it

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