NYC to Photographers: Okay, You Win...For Now

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.

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