February 20th, 2013
Thanks to Suzanne Feinberg for sending me a link to the article over a PhotoAttorney.com that points out that the New Hampshire State legislature is considering a bill (HB 619-FN) that would make aerial real estate photography illegal.
The bill in part says:
A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if such person knowingly creates or assists in creating an image of the exterior of any residential dwelling in this state where such image is created by or with the assistance of a satellite, drone, or any device that is not supported by the ground. This prohibition shall not apply where the image does not reveal forms identifiable as human beings or man-made objects. In this paragraph, “dwelling” means any building, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more individuals.
Based on the public discussion that I’ve seen on this subject, I’m going to go out on a limb and make a wild guess and predict that this is not going to be an isolated incident. My guess is that other states will be doing this too. Particularly since so many cities are resisting use of UAVs by law enforcement.
So does this mean that if HB 619-FN is passes New Hampshire will disappear from the satellite layer of Google Maps? I guess so.