A plea to readers

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  1. annulla

    annulla TPF Noob!

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    I'm not sure whether I am posting this in the right place, so please forgive me if this is the wrong section of the forum.

    If you are a New Yorker, ever plan to visit New York or just care about freedom of speech and expression, this is a plea for your help.

    A controversial new city proposal would require formal permits for a wide range of casual photography and would affect visitors and residents alike.

    "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."
    -- New York Times, June 29, 2007

    It seems absurd, doesn't it, that a city like this would crack down on people taking photos in public places, but the threat of that happening is very real -- and implemention of the rules imminent -- unless we make our voices heard.

    Following a request from the NYCLU, New York City has agreed to reopen the period for members of the public to submit comments about this proposal. The City will accept comments until Friday August 3.

    Comments should be sent as soon as possible to the following person:
    Julianne Cho
    Assistant Commissioner
    Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
    1697 Broadway
    New York, N.Y. 10019
    jcho@...

    An ad hoc coalition of working artists, filmmakers, and photographers have joined together to fight the proposed rules. Calling themselves Picture New York, they have launched a blog and an online petition which will be closed on Friday, August 3.

    If you believe, as I do, that we should remain free to take photos and shoot videos on the streets of New York City, please let officials know before it is too late. They will stop accepting comments in only two days.

    If you live outside the city, or even outside the U.S., you might hesitate to contact the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.

    You may think that it wouldn't be appropriate for you to get involved in what seems like a local fight, but the city needs to hear from as many people as possible, no matter where they live. Please help us keep New York accessible and open to all photographers.

    Picture New York blog - http://www.pictureny.org/
    Picture New York petition - http://www.pictureny.org/petition/
    New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) -
    http://www.nyclu.org/permitrules/
    Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting -
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/index/index.shtml
    NY Times article -
    http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F10811FF3C5A0C7A8EDDAF0894DF40448
    Sewell Chan column - http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/a-shout-out-to-the-moftb/
     
  2. Alex_B

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    Btw.. i've already signed it...

    Whether or not you believe it is feasible for the law to be enforced, I encourage all to read and sign if you support the petition.
     
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    As mentioned in the other thread, the law as proposed is simply not well formulated enough, and could potentially harm those people it was not meant for originally.
     

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