First it was rules against photography in subways, then of bridges. Now you’re going to love this beastie:
New rules being considered by the Mayorâ€™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.
Under the rules, the two or more people would not actually have to be filming, but could simply be holding an ordinary camera and talking to each other.
Rather than actually define things “ostensibly to avoid creating loopholes that could be exploited by professional filmmakers and photographers,” they leave the rules vague enough that average Joe Tourist or Jane NY Resident can be pestered by semi-knowledgeable cops, thereby furthering the idiotic idea that photographers’ rights on public property should be limited.
That’s right — you and your friend could be waiting in line to get in the Empire State Building elevator or mourning at Ground Zero, and just happen to have cameras in hand… and now you’re a criminal.
And of course some officers will try to blame terrorism, and some people will buy that, when the whole thing just stinks of a government trying to find a way to make a buck off citizens using public property.
Note that it’s not being done by any security agency but rather by the Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting – a group that you’d think would understand the need for creative rights. You know, just like the RIAA Companies care about the rights of musical artists.
This thing is vague enough to be both a money grab and a tool to randomly hassle anybody with a camera.