A Protest Against New Rules on Filming
August 2nd, 2007

Today in Union Square from 11:30am to 2:00pm, activists and filmmakers will rally to protest the proposed rules changes from the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting that would require amateurs shooting footage and pictures in New York City to get permits and insurance.

The blog Picture NY is covering the issue extensively and gathering signatures for a petition to the mayor’s office, which is accepting public comment until tomorrow. According to a recent AP news article, larger scale filmmakers already need to get such permits and insurance, but the new regulations would also affect groups of five or more people using a tripod for 10 minutes or more, as well as groups of two people filming for 30 minutes or more. Reporters credentialed by the New York Police Department would be exempt from the regulation, but the changes would affect “independent journalists doing street interviews,and amateurs making videos to post online.” If the rules go into effect, Tthe New York Civil Liberties Union says it will consider legal action.

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