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July 30, 2007

A picture is worth a permit and a million dollars' worth of liability

Rob @ 9:32 PM

This Friday, August 3rd, is the deadline for public comments on proposed rules by the Mayor's office which would severely restrict the rights of photographers within New York City.

The new rules under consideration by the Mayor’s Office of Theater, Film, and Broadcasting (the entity which coordinates and issues permits for film and television production) include requiring any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour (including setup and breakdown time) to acquire a photography permit and $1,000,000 in liability insurance. The regulation would also apply to any group of five or more people who would be using a tripod for more than ten minutes, including setup and breakdown time.

A campaign for photographers' rights has been going on over at pictureny.org. There you can read more about the proposed rules, and learn of more ways in which you can help.

Local photographer Sean Reiser has posted a decent sample letter to the Mayor's office.

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