Re: protest nyc's proposed film and photo law Thurs Aug 2 Union Sq

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 01 2007 - 16:24:40 PDT

"shall i state the obvious:
some rules are needed if someone is bothering a person or filming someone
who doesn't want to be filmed etc. but
 if a filmmaker wants to film the sky or builidings or any landscape they
please for hours (not ten min.s) they should be able to
just as a painter is able to. that is the main problem of such rules"
I think a lone filmmaker can do anything they want to under the new rules.
It's just that when a group shows up, there's a limited amount of time before a
 permit is needed.
This really isn't that draconian. I understand the concern about protests.
But what interests me about these new rules is that commercial or
semi-commercial photographers don't seem to need a commercial permit for limited times.
That's a good deal if true...
It's not just L.A., either-- I've heard horror stories about Britain,
especially London, where tourists are hassled the minute they pull out a camera.
These new rules actually prevent police from doing that, which is why they
were formulated. I understand the insurance requirements-- that's ridiculous
and will probably be amended.
But to require a permit for a crew on the street for more than a half-hour--
sorry, I don't think that's unreasonable. I wish we had that good a deal.
Try doing that anywhere else and watch what happens.

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