The New York Times reported today that the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is considering new rules that would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and $1 million worth of liability insurance.

The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment. The public locations that the rules refer to include any city property, including sidewalks.
The film office claims that the rules were not intended to apply to families on vacation or amateur filmmakers or photographers, but the language in the rules makes no distinction between professionals and amateurs.