New rules about when filmmakers and photographers
must obtain permits when they shoot on New York City streets have been
made official, The Associated Press reported.
Under the new rules, productions must have
permits and at least $1 million in insurance if they plan to leave less
than eight feet of open space on a sidewalk or take over a lane of
traffic. The announcement was made on Monday by Katherine Oliver,
commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting,
and the rules take effect on Aug. 13. Permits and insurance are required
for shoots that involve vehicles or equipment other than hand-held
devices or cameras on tripods. The rules are in response to a lawsuit by
Rakesh Sharma, an Indian documentary filmmaker who was detained by
police in 2005 after using a hand-held video camera in Midtown. They
won't apply to casual photographers.
By Julie Bloom
For The New York Times