Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.
New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would 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.
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.
What the fuck is this?
I’ll tell you what this is: The monopolizing of public space in service of an entrenched entertainment industry that knows it’s going to be shut down by a Writers Guild strike (strike, goddammit, strike!) and wants to pre-emptively kill all possible low-budget competition that you can bet your ass will emerge on YouTube and other Internet video sites!
Kiss my ass, you sell-out motherfuckers! Your asses will get reamed in the courts for this shit.
Previously in this blog:
Photo Album: The Photo Nazis Tried To Stop Me From Taking