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After some angry protesting and a pretty funny video, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting has dumped a plan that would have required photographers and filmmakers to get a permit and buy a $1 million insurance policy before shooting on the city’s streets. Go here for details. The plan will be redrafted so that the rules will apply only to commercial filmmakers and photographers–but that’s still a ridiculously vague notion, so stay tuned to this story. For now, the photo community seems to have slapped the bureaucrats upside the head and, perhaps, knocked a little sense into them.
–David Schonauer