Revised Proposed NYC Photography Rules Improved

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB) has released its revised proposal for requiring permits for photography. The good news is that the guidelines are based on whether the photography activities create congestion or unsafe conditions rather than on the number of people or the time spent in one area. The use of tripods and other handheld equipment is not a consideration as long as photographer leaves open at least half of the public walkway.

Of special note is the comment by the MOFTB (as reported by the New York Times) that its officials “were surprised to learn how frequently independent and casual filmmakers and photographers were drawn into confrontations with building owners and the police over their rights to record.” Gee – it’s about time!

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