New York City Police Statement About Photography

Started May 26, 2009 | Discussions thread
rojj Regular Member • Posts: 220
Re: New York

If it was up to our mayor, you would be paying for every photo taken of any bit of NYC. Fortunately his business sense won out over his petty and greedy nature given the fact that the city is in such dire straits financially. He needs every tourist dollar available since the is absolutely nothing else happening here to generate income. Telling all those tourists that they can't take photos would be economic suicide. Bloomberg is the perfect example of what happens to a major city when it's run by a corporate fascist...

June 29, 2007

" 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.

The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment.

the New York Civil Liberties Union… also warns that the rules set the stage for selective and perhaps discriminatory enforcement by police.

“These rules will apply to a huge range of casual photography and filming, including tourists taking snapshots and people making short videos for YouTube,” said Christopher Dunn, the group’s associate legal director.

Mr. Dunn suggested that the city deliberately kept the language vague, and that as a result police would have broad discretion in enforcing the rules."

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