February 20th, 2014
Legal related to real estate photography and videography in the US are happening fast these days. Too fast for me to give total coverage. So rather than try to cover everything with posts on here on the PFRE blog, I’m using Twitter (https://twitter.com/pfreblog ) to cover all the important issues and events that may affect real estate property photography/videography. The last 10 tweets in the pfreblog twitter timeline are displayed on the lower right side-bar below the flickr widget. The tweets typically have a direct link to an article so you just click on the link (starts with “t.co”) and you go directly to the article. I get much of this info from PFRE blog readers and from the two guys I consider as expert resources as there are in this area:
- Brendon Schulman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel who is representing Raphael Pirker in Administrator v. Raphael Pirker, NTSB Docket CP-217. Brendon’s Twitter feed is a wealth of information!
- Peter Sachs – An attorney (CT) and private investigator. Peter’s site, dronelawjournal.com has a clear, concise, understandable summary of current drone law and drone legal issues. Peter’s Twitter feed is also filled with RCMA info.
One recent development I wanted to point out is that the rate of legislation at the state level is accelerating in recent months. Probably because it has become clear that the FAA is not likely to meet its commitments and state lawmakers are under huge pressure from everywhere to do something to stop what some consider an assault on their privacy and safety. State legislation is all over the map and hard to keep track of and some states are coming up crazy bills. One example is my state of Oregon tried to pass a law that make owning a RCMA a felony! Massive input from the Oregon RCMA industry managed to stop the bill.
Anyone interested in commercial use of RCMA in the future should be tracking legislation in their state level and be giving regular rational input to their state legislators on this subject to counterbalance all the irrational input they are getting. Finding one place to track what’s going on in state legislation seems impossible, although Brendon and Peter tweet about what’s happening in various states. Most of the sites I’ve found that claim to summarize what different states are doing are out of date. I think the best way to track your local state is to keep track of when they are in session, what they are doing and talk to them… and don’t let them get away with some of outrageous BS they are coming up with!