|Originally Posted By bytor94:|
So what's the guy's beef?
Among other nonsense, NYC is imposing a law requiring a permit before you can take photos or film scenery for more than 30 minutes at a time. When birdwatchers are mad at you, you know you screwed up.One article
| August 03, 2007|
Everybody Hates The NYC Photo Permit Rule
Today is the last day to submit comments for New York's proposed film permit rules. When this proposal surfaced in June, I didn't think it was a big deal. For one thing, it was specific to New York City, so I considered it a story of local interest. For another, I had a hard time thinking of any pro photographers the rules would effect. I checked in with a few sources who agreed with me.
Man was I wrong. Opposition to the proposal has been powerful and nation-wide. How did it blow up like this? It began with The New York Civil Liberties Union, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a filmmaker who was arrested; that lawsuit led the city to propose a new, more formal version of its existing film permit system. The NYCLU was the first group to formally oppose the rule when it was introduced. Stories in the local press followed.
Then in July, a new group emerged to fight the rule: Picture New York, whose causes dovetail with that of the NYCLU and the social justice movement. Picture New York organized a petition, got celebrities to sign it, promoted a rally, and sparked national press coverage.
Lastly, the pro community chimed in. This week we finally heard from people at APA New York, NPPA and Magnum Photos, all opposing the new rule.
To city lawyers, this proposal probably makes sense as a protection from future lawsuits. But it's a political disaster. The rule has become a symbol of ridiculous, unfair regulation of photography, and it doesn't take much thought or conviction to oppose that idea. The rule should be thrown to the scrap heap of bad policy – right next to that failed proposal from a few years ago that would have banned photography in the subway system.