Power to the People!

"Responding to an outcry that included a passionate Internet campaign and a satiric rap video, city officials yesterday backed off proposed new rules that could have forced tourists taking snapshots in Times Square and filmmakers capturing that only-in-New-York street scene to obtain permits and $1 million in liability insurance.

In announcing the move, officials at the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting said they would redraft the rules, intended to apply to commercial film and photography productions, to address complaints that they could be too broadly applied. They will then release the revised rules for public comment.

'It appears that the mayor’s office on film has come to their senses,' said Eileen Clancy, a member of a group formed to protest the rules. 'Clearly, they did not anticipate the way in which the rules were likely to affect so many different groups of people.' "

Here's the link to the article.

By the way, here's the video. It's awesome.

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