Mickey Osterreicher, NPPA general counsel, sent a letter to the Uniform Law Commission about concerns over the latest Tort Law Relating to Drones Act Draft.
Osterreicher noted in the letter that "it will be daunting if not impossible for journalists to obtain consent from land owners to operate drones over their property, especially during breaking news events. What person or entity with the legal authority to grant such aerial access would a journalist contact for permission to fly over a vast and varied assortment of real property? What about a condominium with 100 tenants? Or an empty field with no structures or residents? These questions remain unanswered."
"Rather than provide guidance and certainty, the Act as drafted will continue to unduly inhibit the development of emerging uses for drones through technology-specific restrictions that are impossible to comply with, impossible to enforce, and likely will still conflict with the existing authority, regulations and intent of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."
Read the entire letter here.