Tuesday, August 07, 2007


In case you haven't already heard the news, we—photographers, filmakers, local residents, and tourists—are on the verge of facing serious restrictions by New York City Mayor's Office. The City of New York plans to enact legislation THIS FRIDAY that will require a group of two or more people who want to use a moving or still camera in a public location for more than half an hour (including setup and breakdown time) to get a permit and proof of a one million dollar liability insurance policy. There would also be a requirement for groups of five or more who use a tripod for more than ten minutes to provide the same. This legislation is a significant threat to the livelihoods of many, many artists (myself included) and a violation of our Constitutional First Amendment right to photograph in public places.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION by Thursday night to prevent this disaster from happening. Every signature counts and is greatly appreciated. You don't have to be a New York resident to sign it. Please pass this on.

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