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The Mew York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting is contemplating requiring anyone engaged in photography on public property, including sidewalks, for more than half an hour to have a permit and $1 million in liability insurance.

While obviously geared at people trying to make films without going through their office, the broadly defined rules could affect all sorts of amateur photography including videos for YouTube and various video blogs such as RocketBoom which is known for the occasional bit of sidewalk filming.

Of course, if it forces the Today show back into their studio, I'm all for it ;)

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