As many of you know from previous articles, drone photography can be seen as a crime in the eyes of many, yet not all of the public still understands what is and isn’t legal. This issue becomes more muddled when drones are brought into the picture, as they have led to controversies and accidents such as striking the groom of a wedding in the head, a woman claiming harassment at the beach, Yosemite National park banning drones, and controversies regarding regulation with the FAA.
Recently the claim of harassment happened again, but the “victim” of this incident was in fact the attacker at a beach in Connecticut, take a look:
As someone who has written about the practicality of drones in real estate photography, and read dozens of articles about their potential uses, this event seems completely unreasonable, and she had no right or entitlement to try to get this man arrested. After the incident the police didn’t believe him until he later showed them the following video.
This is a good note to drone photographers to have a phone camera ready should this happen to you, as well as to raise public awareness that drones and photography aren’t a crime. What are your thoughts?