Remember the crazy restrictions that the New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (MOFTB) created to control photography and filmmaking in the Big Apple this past summer? The regulations stated that two or more people who use a camera in a public place for more than half an hour, or five or more people who use a tripod for more than 10 minutes, would need to get a permit and a $1 million liability insurance policy. Obviously, that was a pretty strange set of restrictions, and while the city claimed that they weren't meant for amateur photographers and filmmakers, there was nothing in the regulations to protect that claim, until now.

According to MOFTB, the restrictions will go back to permits being necessary for shoots that have production equipment and vehicles that create an obstruction, rather than "productions that only use hand-held cameras or tripods that don't cause an obstruction." The permit-needing equipment includes things like film cameras, lights, and sets, but doesn't include the hand-helds and tripods. Commissioner Katherine Oliver says: "our intention has always been to balance the needs of filmmakers working in New York City with concerns about congestion in public places, traffic flow, and public safety."

I don't know. If they gave any thought to the wording of the previous proposal, it would've been obvious that those parameters were most definitely not about safety and transportation flow. Don't these people sit down, examine, and question their wording and policy? It seems like back-tracking, arse-covering to me, but whatever the case may be -- we no longer have to worry about trouble with the men in blue if we walk around recording the sights in the Big Apple.

[via IndieWIRE]