Picture New York Fights City Hall

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We’re not usually ones to pass along one of those online petition things, but we were sent this one late yesterday and it seems like it could serve some potential good. Petition-maker Matt Kohn and his group Picture New York are out to change a recent change in NYC law that tightens the line between amateur and professional filmmaker and photographer, making either much more liable should they be working without a permit. So, heck, even if you don’t sign the thing, it’s an interesting, if not a bit intimidating piece of law. Here’s a bit about it:

Introduced quietly just before Memorial Day weekend, the regulations could severely impede the ability of even casual photographers and filmmakers to operate in New York City. A group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour (including setup and breakdown time) could berequired to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. According to the NY Civil Liberties Union,”these regulations violate the First Amendment right to photograph in public places, and open the door to selective and discriminatory enforcement.”

If you’re planning to sign, make sure you hurry, as the group plans to send out a letter with all of these signatures sometime this afternoon.