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Nat’l Geo Photographer Arrested for Shooting Aerial Photography

July 19, 2013 Legal 2 Comments

Written by: Charlie Borland

NGS photographer George Steinmetz has been arrested for doing aerial photography over a cattle feedlot in Kansas. Steinmetz is known for his stunning photography captured from a motorized paraglider including fabulous locations like this one from Africa. He was photographing a NG story on food. I first wondered if you own the air above you and could it be considered trespassing? Apparently as a private landowner you do own the air above your property to a certain height before, I guess, a level where the FAA takes over.

Several years ago the Kansas legislature passed a law making photography and filming a crime on private property without permission. The law was created, if I recall correctly,  to combat activists who secured jobs in meat plants (and maybe similar operations) to secretly film animal abuse.

The powerful Agri-Business industries successfully pushed the legislature to make any filming and photography illegal of farming operations and they are pushing for more states to adopt the same. You can read more here on PDN. And here is more on moves to make Farm Photography illegal.

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  1. Stratocaster says:

    If the feedlot owners DO own the air above their property, can’t they be sued for doing such a terrible job of containing said noxious air TO their property?
    Don’t get mad, get even.

  2. llee733 says:

    Big government strikes again. Do we not have the right to know how farmers are handling our food? I agree with Stratocaster too. Let’s make the farmers responsible for the poor air quality since they own the air. Oh — That will never happen, they are too well connected politically. High dollar lobbiests.

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