by Aaron Sankin
The Daily Dot
From the roof of the Daily Dot’s headquarters, it’s possible to just make out the cluster of skyscrapers of Austin, Texas’s bustling downtown.
If I were to stand atop that roof, snap a photo of downtown, and post it here, I wouldn’t face any legal repercussions. But if I flew a drone up to that exact same spot, took that exact same picture, and then posted it in the exact same place online, I would be breaking Texas’s law against publishing drone photography—unless I could convince the state that I work for a real estate company or the natural gas pipeline business.
I’d also be in violation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules that the agency claims ban all commercial drone use in the United States. Then again, a recent court decision just cast into question the FAA’s entire ability to regulate drones. Also, the Texas law may be unconstitutional and could crumble to pieces at the first legal challenge.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com