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Old March 19th, 2015, 04:22 PM   #1
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I just found out about this incident

Read the article in the link, which includes at the bottom, a copy of the actual letter sent out by the FAA. It's getting a little silly IMHO.

The FAA Says You Can't Post Drone Videos on YouTube | Motherboard

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Old March 20th, 2015, 03:11 AM   #2
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It is nothing short of troubling and over-reaching by the FAA. In this case, a government agency is holding an industry back. Elements of this industry could easily assist national security if given a chance. I think you should all march on Washington and give me a chance to do another protest video!
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Old March 20th, 2015, 05:37 AM   #3
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Give the FAA a break. They just found out about the YouTube which runs on this thing called the internets. I'm curious how they are able to watch it on their ASCII terminals.
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Old March 20th, 2015, 07:24 AM   #4
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FAA isn't saying don't post to YouTube. This guy monetized his channel, which means his flying might qualify as 'for commercial purposes' and he doesn't have a waiver to operate commcercially.

Reading the article, his defense is that he hasn't made any real money from YouTube ads, which is a terrible defense.

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Old March 20th, 2015, 04:36 PM   #5
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Actually, I think it is a pretty good defense. It costs considerably more to produce the majority of the products we place on youtube for monetization than anyone makes. While the tiny youtube payouts may help defray the expense of making these things, very few people are making a "profit" and therefore even the I.R.S. may not allow them to categorize themselves as a business.

Give the FAA no breaks. They have legitimate concerns over air traffic safety and drones, but beyond that, creating this huge governmental body to govern "drone pilots" has gone way too far, and restricts the industry unreasonably.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #6
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I tend to think keeping certain ideas from becoming self sustainable based on their ability to make money can be a good idea. Did you first get into making video because you wanted to generate money, or because you wanted to make something pretty to look at? :)

And Robert, his defense is terrible. The tactic of "technically" making a deal a "purchase" by selling something for 1 cent is much too common.

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Old March 24th, 2015, 07:40 PM   #7
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And Robert, his defense is terrible. The tactic of "technically" making a deal a "purchase" by selling something for 1 cent is much too common.

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Its almost more embarrassing. His excuse is that he tried to make money via his videos (ads on YouTube), but was bad at it, and so it... shouldn't count?
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Old March 24th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #8
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Haha...

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Old April 11th, 2015, 07:13 AM   #9
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Here is an official update that addresses incidents such as the topic of this thread

From the FAA...

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/...N_8900.292.pdf
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