Got Permit?

Mason Resnick has an editorial on the Adorama News Desk concerning this story in today’s NY Times, “City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography”.

“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.

New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.”

I guess the idea would be to never go out shooting with your friends. Never photograph where other people are photographing, never use a tripod, and don’t hang out anywhere longer than 29 minutes.

The upside is that permits to do any of the above will be free! Ah, the inevitability of it all…

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