Camera Regulations

NEW YORK (AP) -- Filmmakers, photographers and civil liberties advocates are up in arms over new rules being proposed in New York City.

The rules would require permits and insurance coverage for people trying to film or take pictures for longer than just a few minutes in one place. Permits would be needed for two or more people at a single site for 30 or more minutes. They'd also be required for five or more people using a tripod for more than ten minutes.

Movie crews are used to the permits. Critics say the changes will hurt fashion and wedding photographers, independent journalists and amateurs making videos to post online.

The city says it's not an attempt to stifle free speech. But one filmmaker calls the rules "draconian" and the ACLU says it's ready to take the city to court if the proposal isn't revised.


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