KSU.sha (ksusik) wrote in vintagecamera,

Petition deadline is August 3rd!!!!!!

The Mayor's office in New York City is seeking to instate a new rule that would require permits and proof of insurance for any group of 2 or more persons using a camera in a public area. The regulations would require that anyone using a tripod or shooting in one location for more than 30 minutes (including set-up and break down time) must obtain permits and show proof of insurance of at least 1 million dollars per occurrence. Read more about the new rules here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/news/080107_proposed_permit_rules.shtml

We all need to act now to fight these proposed regulations which will place absurd restrictions on the freedom to photograph in New York City's public spaces.

This affects not only professional photographers but the First Amendment rights of anyone with a camera to spontaneously document what happens on the streets of this city.

Due to pressure from advocacy groups, the Mayor's Office has agreed to extend the period that it will allow public commentary until August 3rd.

Picture New York has initiated an online petition opposing the new rules, which over 12,000 indidivuals have signed so far. The petition is closing on August 3rd. Please take a moment to sign if you have not already done so.

Link to the petition: http://www.pictureny.org/petition/index.php

You can also voice your concerns directly to:

Julianne Cho
Associate Commissioner
Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

ph: 212.489.6710
fax: 212.307.6237

Thanks for your attention and please continue to spread the word about this important matter!

27 West 20th St., Suite 601 New York, NY 10011
p 212-807-0399 f 212-727-8120 e office@apany.com

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