Good news about the threat of new regulations for filming on the streets of New York, which some of us have been quite alarmed about: they’re back to the drawing board for now. Here’s the statement from the “anti-new regulations” site Picture New York.
“Great news! The Mayor’s Office of Film announced Friday afternoon that they are headed back to the drawing board with their regulations.
You spoke – they listened. And did the right thing. Wonderful, right? We’ll be watching for the revised regulations, so we’ll have to get back to you on that. Tony Overman, president of the National Press Photographers Association really got it right: “We are offended at the notion that a city agency or police officer would have the power to keep a photographer from taking a picture or video on a public street. City property belongs to the citizens and the city has no right to limit safe, constitutionally protected behavior in a public venue.”
Stay tuned for the next stage — new proposals that we hope truly reflect the massive outcry of this community of 1st Amendment-loving amateurs and professionals alike. Read the complete statement from the MOFTB .
Read about it from Diane Cardwell in the Saturday New York Times: After Protests, City Agrees to Soften New Rules on Photography Permits”