Re: protest nyc's proposed film and photo law

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Aug 05 2007 - 19:40:38 PDT

In a message dated 8/4/2007 10:55:11 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

> The 30 minute "rule" doesn't seem onerous if you think of some of the
> NYC experimental films that were probably shot well within 30 minutes
About the 30 minute rule, please stop defending it on artistic terms.
It seems onerous to us. We don't care what you can do in 30 minutes.
It's not a compromise, it's not a judgment call, it's arbitrary.
Rules shouldn't be arbitrary, right?

Then get a PERMIT! If they turn you down, you've got a legitimate
complaint. But right now-- without these new rules-- they can shut your group down
whenever they want to-- you don't even get 30 minutes.
I love all this paranoia about the cops. Like they're really going to get
politically upset at some pro./am. filming session somewhere in the City. These
new rules actually restrain them. Anybody get that? Sorry guys, you're not
that much of a threat...
I'm just amazed at how brain dead some people are about this. It's like
arguing about traffic laws. What next-- traffic cops are trying to repress your
free speech rights?
Hey, I know-- why not get rid of all rules in the public square? Oh, now I
get it-- the personal expression of artists trumps everyone else, eh? Only if
you block someone should there be rules? How about before that happens?
Get over it, and learn to pick your battles. These rules need some work, but
they are quite reasonable. It's not the Iron Heel, guys. And I'm sorry, but
most of you don't want rules at all-- you think you should have some kind of
unlimited right to film.


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