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Links, thoughts and research into using drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism at the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

July 30, 2014 at 3:35pm

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IAPP: The Case for Not Overregulating Drones →

As policy-makers consider whether to regulate drones, I hope they first will examine whether existing laws already address the privacy concerns. As I explained in a February article for The Privacy Advisor, common-law torts such as intrusion upon seclusion, public disclosure of private facts, trespass and nuisance already may deter drone operators from violating individuals’ privacy.

July 18, 2014 at 5:01pm

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The FAA's Cease-And-Desist Orders to Drone Pilots Are Bogus, Appeals Court Rules | Motherboard →

This is important, but it does not mean the FAA is going to stop what they are doing until there are regulations.

July 8, 2014 at 11:17am

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Criminal Charges For Drone Near Miss With NYPD Helicopter →

Greg McNeal with a good look at how laws already on the books deal with drone pilots doing dumb things.

July 1, 2014 at 5:12pm

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FAA Struggling To Deal With Drones, Cracks Down On Farmers And Realtors →

To my knowledge, today is the first we’ve known publicly of the FAA issuing subpoenas. - MW

June 27, 2014 at 1:38pm

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Crucial time for drone reporting laws: industry needs to act - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA →

Journalists need to get a seat at the table on developing drone regulations, and quickly.

June 19, 2014 at 2:01pm

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Drone enthusiasts demand clearance to fly | SHFWire →

Drone labber Daniel Wheaton, interning with Scripps Howard this summer, reports from a National Press Club gathering about drones. 

May 13, 2014 at 3:41pm

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The FAA Knew a Commercial Drone Pilot Broke No Laws, Fined Him $10K Anyway →

May 6, 2014 at 5:41pm

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Drone Journalism Is a First Amendment Right, Major Media Companies Say →

Read the summary, and read the brief

April 15, 2014 at 3:20pm

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CCTV Africa, African skyCAM, Drone Journalism Lab team up for stunning video of African wildlife →

You can’t watch this video without seeing the potential to tell stories in ways we couldn’t without small UAVs to get perspectives. The video was shot by Ben Kreimer using a DJI Phantom.

April 14, 2014 at 12:29pm

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A follow-up on the drone-injures-athlete story from Australia

If you didn’t hear, a small camera drone crashed into an athlete at a triathlon in Australia. The operator claims it was hacked. The Australian civil aviation authority, CASA is investigating.

But one thing to note here: The list of CASA approved drone operators is public. Missing from that list: New Era Ag Tech, the owner of the drone. 

Warren Abrams, the owner of New Era Ag Tech, told Australia’s Fairfax Media that he held a license to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.

Licensing, and people who choose to ignore licensing, will be a major issue in the coming years across the globe.