Recently the Federal Aviation Administration permitted seven motion picture companies to use camera-equipped drones on outdoor movie and television sets that are closed to the public. This is the first time that any company in the United States has been granted permission to legally fly over people and take photographs for a commercial purpose.
Outside of these few movie companies, it is illegal to use drones for commercial photography. It IS legal to use a drone for photography if you own it and are not using it to sell the photos or services. Just be aware of the liability that goes along with flying objects with rotor blades around people, electrical wires and airports.
Click here for our September blog explaining the legal and illegal use of drones.
Click here for the complete article from the New York Times regarding the latest legal decision for movie studios.