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Mississippi Fliers, your help is needed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by terrylowe, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. terrylowe

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    *Mods, if this in the wrong section, please move it*

    If you are flying in Mississippi, there is a proposed house bill to prohibit taking photos or videos with your phantom.

    See the details in http://www.phantompilots.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33581

    Please contact your house representative http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/hr_membs.xml and senator http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/ss_membs.xml to state your disapproval of this proposed bill.


    The status of the bill is here http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2015/pdf/history/HB/HB0347.xml

    Also let me know if you are contacting them....I sorta wanted to know if there are just 3 of us or 300.
     
  2. Hughie

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    Not from MS. But, interested in what is going on elsewhere in the world.
    I would be interested in their definition of "capture". Would this exclude hobby FPV if the image was not being recorded :?
     
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    I used to live in Tupelo... when I was 11. Not too much I can do now but I'll try to spread the word on facebook. I might have a few army friends that live there now.
     
  4. terrylowe

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    Here's an update.
    Nothing happened. :eek:
    I sent out emails to all of the members of the Mississippi House Judiciary B Committee, left two phone messages, a text and a PM in a facebook post. I tried to contact my local state senator and representative and have not gotten ANY replies.
    I did call my local hobby shop and they were quite aware of the bill and were trying to contact representatives as well.

    If you are a Mississippi resident, PM me and I can send you a list of all of the judiciary B committee email addresses. (I don't think they ever look at their email, but who knows???)

    For those of you that have missed prior posts, there is a bill up for consideration that would make the act of taking an image with any unmanned aircraft illegal with first-offense punishment of $500 and 6 months in prison. The second time, it is $1500 and one year in prison. Here is a link to the bill. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2015/html/HB/0300-0399/HB0347IN.htm
     
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    http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/docume ... 0347IN.htm

    In simpler terms, this bill outlaws the use of cameras in the air attached to a drone.
    SCOTUS has already ruled that photography is legal regardless of how it's done.

    The law does not say that flying a drone is illegal, just using a camera with it is.
     
  6. terrylowe

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    I agree that if this bill becomes law, it will be struck down. I don't really know how this works, but doesn't someone have to challenge the law? Like get arrested, pay a zillion in court costs, go to jail until it is appealed to a higher court? IF that's the case, then I will turn Dirkclod in the first time he flies! :D
     
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  7. terrylowe

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    I could use my DRONE to drop contraband off to you in the prison yard. :lol: I guess as long as I don't take a video of you down in that prison yard in your stripped clothes, they won't arrest me.?
     
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    I'm in Meridian......PM me info
     
  9. PhantomFanatic

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    Yet, private sector satellites take pictures all the time. We know what military satellites are capable of. Or, I should say we know what they have let us know, like reading a car tag. If they admit that, imagine what they really can do.

    Will this apply to all RC craft? Taking pictures and/or video, via RC has been happening for a long time now. RC helicopters can hover and take photos. Why the focus on drones? Because drones sells newspapers, magazines, etc.
     
  10. terrylowe

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    Sent you a PM. thanks
     
  11. terrylowe

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    This applies to all unmanned craft. I think by their definition, it will include the wired cameras that hover over college football games.

    Yes...the reason that this is an "issue" is because of media attention to "drones". A reporter commenting on the story said that drones which are used for hunting terrorists can be purchased in Walmart or Best Buy.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/19/state-lawmaker-wants-restrict-drones/22021615/
     
  12. terrylowe

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    This bill DIED in committee yesterday!!!!

    Whooop!!!! :D :D
     
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