Right off let me start with a question to private pilots. I tried to look this up myself but all I get is Drone related answers. A private pilot can take photos or video from his aircraft ( I'm talking full size fixed wing aircraft ) and sell the footage if so inclined, yes or no? A distinction between a private pilot and a commercial pilot is that the commercial pilot can carry passengers / cargo for hire. A guy with a private boat can go out on the ocean and shoot video all day long and sell it if he wants to. Carry a person with you for hire and you have to have a Captains license. The more people you carry, the higher the rating on the Captains license. Carry a person for hire and having to prove a certain skill level makes sense. Not even going to think about the future model of Phantom that could carry a person.. even as a hobby! So in the drone world a hobbyist can pretty much do the same kind of flying that a licensed drone pilot can. I've looked up my local state laws and they make NO distinction between hobby or licensed drone operator. Both must fly under the same rules as best I can tell. Neat thing I found in the local state law on drones was this line: Do not fly for payment or commercial purpose. Who wins? State law or Federal? How many have checked there state laws?