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Local Carlsbad patent attorney Eric Hanscom was recently one of five drone videos selected as winners in a recent DJI contest.


His winning video tells the story of a project he did in his wife’s native Thailand in which he used his drone to shoot stills and video of the roofs of some Buddhist temples.  Roof inspections are one of the most dangerous jobs that a Buddhist monk has to do.  The temple roofs are steeply sloped and often 40 or more feet off the ground.  The ladders they use are often bamboo poles…

There is a new law in California regarding drones.  No, it does not mean you can't fly your drone.  No, it does not mean that all drones are banned under all circumstances.  All it means is that if you are a pervert flying your drone, you will be subject to the same laws that cover perverts with cameras.  If you invade someone's privacy by flying your drone over their swimming pool, or fly it into their faces to see their reaction, you will be subject to the same laws that currently regulate idiots with cameras who do the same thing.

Now there are a bunch of articles circulating all over the drone communities saying "CALIFORNIA BANS DRONES!" “GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON DRONE FLYERS!” and garbage like that.

Read the bill before you read the newspapers on this one.  It basically says you can't use a drone to intrude on someone's privacy beyond what would be "offensive to a reasonable…

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