Drone Photography And Where It’s Headed

Posted on 11/18/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

At PhotoPlusExpo in New York last month there was tremendous interest among videographers and photographers in the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera. This piece of equipment seems to offer great potential for a host of commercial photography uses.

However, there are two major issues with the use of drones for photography – laws regarding aircraft safety and personal privacy. The air safety rules come under the jurisdiction of the FAA. Privacy laws are traditionally state laws.

Nancy Wolff, Counsel for the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), formerly PACA, has provided a report on the current regulation relative to the use of drones for commercial purposes.  

The FAA’s current position is that flying drones for any purpose other than as a hobby requires the agency’s approval and it prohibits any devices from flying above 400 feet.  Congress had set a deadline of September 2015 for the establishment of new regulations that would expand the allowable uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, last June the FAA announced that it would not be able to complete its work by the deadline.

Wolff’s report will help readers understand the complex issues related to the use of UAVs.


Copyright © 2014 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  

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  • Douglas Peebles Posted Nov 22, 2014
    Link to report does not work

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