Time is running out. The period for public comments on the proposed New York City rules that would restrict public photography ends Friday. The rules would call for groups of two or more to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance to use a camera in a public place for more than a half hour. The same would be needed by groups of five or more wanting to use a tripod in a public space for more than 10 minutes. These rules were proposed by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

The New York Times reported Saturday on a coalition of filmmakers and photographers who are mobilizing a campaign against these rules. The advocacy group, Picture New York, asks people to “Picture New York Without Pictures of New York.” Click here to read the full Times article.

The group’s electronic petition has close to 10,000 signatures, and had a successful showing at a First Amendment Rally in Union Square on Friday. Click here to sign their petition.

The Times reports that city officials have said that after Friday they will decide whether to adopt the rules, amend them, or draft new ones to be subjected to public review.

But Picture New York’s co-founder Beka Economopoulos says these rules are unnecessary. He was quoted in today’s amNY saying, “I already have a permit for my camera. It’s called the first amendment.”

To read more about this ongoing issue, read yesterday’s article on our website by Aimee Baldridge, and our blog post from June when the proposal was first announced.

—Marnie Soman
Editorial Intern