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Texas Phantom Pilots Take Notice

Discussion in 'News' started by Adam, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Adam

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    Gov Perry signed the below legislation and it will go into effect September 1, 2013.

    Read the law for all the rules and exemptions, but if you are going to be flying around your neighbors house, front yards, and back yards, and you are taking video, you're going to want to get their permission.

    http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83 ... 00912F.htm
     
  2. chad556

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    Google never asked for my permission to take photos of my property and publish them on the world wide web.
     
  3. martcerv

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    Does this also apply to news helicopters? will they need to ask permission from every house in the shot or black them out of the shot. But isn't possession of such footage a crime without permission so this should apply to Police helicopters and news footage too shouldn't it.

    The only way around it is to get permission from your neighbors and ensure you are using a low FOV zoom lens to make sure you dont catch any unauthorized property in your shot. :?

    Im sure your neighbors would be much happier with you completely focusing the camera on their property and will give permission for you to do so rather then maybe be just a few pixels in the corner of some wide angle footage. Meanwhile news crews will continue to do this as will be budget movies with all their helicopter shots and police have full rights to record everyone house without a warrant as does Google including permission to publish this on the internet for everyone to see.

    I feel sorry for you guys but Im sure our gov is not that far from also passing such BS laws, they have cameras everywhere but we arent allowed any very fair to me. :lol:
     
  4. Adam

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    It only applies to UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Fly a real helicopter or airplane over a house and take all the photos you want.
     
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    Is a satellite a UAV?
     
  6. MX45OR

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    LOL...nice one
     
  7. FlyingSquirrel

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    Clearly the government doesn't want competition in the spying biz :geek:
     
  8. Mike.Smith

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    You are right...
     
  9. tmcgowan

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    My next hobby is going to be hot air ballooning!


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  10. mercillus

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    With a tripoded camera and super zoom lens..
     
  11. Brianekey

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    Hello Folks: new to this Board, will be buying my first Phantom soon,
    I wanted to comment on the new Law going in to affect soon, as I am from Texas.
    The part I read of the Law that caught my attention, makes me believe
    pilots will be alright, "If the drone is used for surveilance purposes it makes it illegal".
    But pilots only use there FPV fot recreational. I wont be using it to spy on
    My neighbor.
     
  12. ted35

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    Oh Brother...this law is a paper tiger. Texas doesn't own the airspace to legislate in the first place.
     
  13. Skylane765

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    There is a exemption for satalite.
     
  14. Skylane765

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    That law will never be enforced or work. All I can say is if it is over someone's property they can shoot it. Just say you are making a map of your neighbors yard and you are good.
     
  15. GeorgePBurdell

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    What Google calls a satellite view is actually aerial imagery.
     
  16. mblitch

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    Google uses a veriety of sources [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Earth#Image_providers] with much of it indeed satellite imagery. Often satellite imagery will be used to a certain altitude view and, if available, it will switch to aerial imagery.