In what should be hailed as good news for photography rights advocates, new rules and regulations proposed earlier this year by the City of New York that would have required permits for group shooting and other photographic activity have been quashed.
New York City is one of the most photogenic cities in the world and the previously proposed “permit” requirement would have been disastrous. Fortunately Mayor Bloomberg’s office has reconsidered their photography permit requirement after considerable public outcry and the the originally proposed rules have been relaxed considerably.
The old proposed rules were written in response to a lawsuit settlement with Rakesh Sharma, a filmmaker who had been detained by NYPD in 2005 for using a hand-held video camera in Midtown.
Photography is not and should not be a crime.