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City To Revise Proposed Film Permit Regulations

The New York Civil Liberties Union today joins filmmakers and photographers in celebrating an announcement by the City of New York that the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting will revise proposed rules that would have required formal permits and one million dollars of insurance for a wide range of casual photography.

NYCLU and scores of filmmakers and photographers had called on the City to abandon two parts of the proposal: one requiring permits and insurance for any group of two or more people using a handheld camera in one location for more than thirty minutes, and another requiring small groups to obtain a permit and insurance to use a single tripod for more than ten minutes. The public comment period on the proposed regulations was to close today.

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