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

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 06 2007 - 15:38:17 PDT

Here's what gonna happen if you guys push these new rules too far:
NYC will relax the insurance requirements, and maybe extend the free time.
Then, in a matter of weeks, commercial interests will exploit this no-permit
'freedom' and start causing trouble, all the time hiding behind the relaxed
rules. Then, the NYC Commission will be forced to crack down.
What will they do? Most likely, they'll develop a legal distinction between
commercial and non-commercial work. Non-commercial will still get the
freedom, but commercial will have to get permits.
That means that many of you will be stuck-- you'll end up having to get
permits. So you better watch out what you wish for.
This isn't speculation-- it's what happens when there are no filming rules
in big cities. I know some of you would love to believe that the only reason
"rules" exist is to persecute you and your "constitutional rights," but sorry,
that's not the case. It's because conflicts develop.
I love the "they." Like "they" really care what any of you are doing.
>>In a message dated 8/6/2007 10:08:40 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

This is an old threat - if you argue with this generous new rule, we'll make
the rules WORSE. Shut up and obey, you uppity whatevers!

You guys have a good deal right now. If they modify the rules, here's what
they'll do:


If indeed they try to divide and conquer, then clear-thinking opponents will
stick together.

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