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

From: Doug (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 01 2007 - 19:52:23 PDT

On 8/1/07 8:45 PM, "Jim Carlile" <email suppressed> wrote:
>--You can still do all that stuff. In fact, now you can do it with impunity. A
half-hour is a good amount of time for a crew to film without having to get
permit. Try that anywhere else. [SNIP]
> --That's way overwrought. These rules will not eliminate street filming. If
> anything, they will force cops to keep a 'hands-off' policy for limited times.
> That's not the case right now.
Jim and All,
    I don't see how the length of time makes any difference. Maybe because
other people are kept from using that space that you're standing on? I
really don't get it.
    Why not unlimited times? A half hour is a good amount of time, and
sometimes it's enough. But why should the police or some other city
functionary decide that? Sometimes ten hours is not enough.
    Unless you're keeping people from using public space, no permits, no
time limits, no restrictions on tripods, groups, whatever.
    Big tv productions and feature productions do keep people out of public
space, so maybe the government should mediate that.
    I'm also not buying that it's a good deal because other places are even
more repressive. I realize you were speaking comparatively, but now I'm
asserting that absolutely. No permits, no restrictions if you're not
keeping other people from using the space.


Doug vanderHoof
Modern Media
Bucktown, Chicago


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