The above image is a satellite photo of New Hampshire, published on Google Maps. Under proposed legislation in that state, this image would be illegal, punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to one year in jail.
I write more details about this bill on sUASNews.com. Here's a snippet:
Joining a chorus of states seeking to limit the use of unmanned aerial systems (commonly referred to as “drones” in the media), New Hampshire has written up legislation that would end aerial photography of any kind.Neal Kurk, a Republican and longtime legislator in New Hampshire’s House of Representatives, introduced HB 619 on January 3.The bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to “knowingly creates or assists in creating an image of the exterior of any residential dwelling in this state” with an aerial system, which would carry a maximum fine of $2,000 and up to one year in jail.
The law would make no exception for property owners who willfully have taken pictures of their own property, or have contracted a commercial service to take photos of their own property.
Law enforcement, however, would still have tremendous latitude to obtain aerial photos.
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