By Gerry O'Brien
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is proposing to require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance. This means the streets and sidewalks of New York.
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.
Read the article here.
The rules are sufficiently vague to give police broad power of discretion, and since they are only human, this means they can discriminate against anyone or any group they choose.
Photographers who want to express opposition to this First Amendment-chilling rule can contact Mayor Bloomberg's office:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
Fax: (212) 788-8123
Featured Comment by mwg: "For those of us in fly-over country, I don't think it would hurt to write to Bloomberg's office and let him know that we'll take this into consideration when planning our vacations. While this will presumably be selectively enforced, the net result is a less friendly environment for photography. I see no reason to spend my money in a place where I can't indulge in my hobbies without fear of harassment."