A recent commercial use of drones was right here in the law library. A photographer used a small quad copter to go up into the skylight "crystals":
|Drone carries camera from L2 up into the skylight and back. (Photos by Mary Whisner)|
More on drone policy after the jump.
Here's the scoop on government, commercial, and hobby drones from the FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
That won't be the final word. If you type "drone" into the search box at congress.gov, you'll find a number of bills introduced in the last two years, addressing the use of drones by, variously, the CIA, the military, law enforcement, commercial entities, and hobbyists. The bills include:
- the Drone Reform Act (H.R. 5091)
- the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2013 (S. 1639, H.R. 2868, H.R. 1262
- the DRONES Act (Designating Requirements On Notification of Executive-ordered Strikes Act of 2013) (H.R. 2438)
- the Drones Accountability Act (H.R. 2183)
- A bill to prohibit the use of drones to kill citizens of the United States within the United States (S. 505)
- NADA (No Armed Drones Act) (H.R. 1083)
- Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013 (S. 1016, H.R. 972)
- Safeguarding Privacy and Fostering Aerospace Innovation Act of 2013 (S. 1057)
- Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 5478, S. 2904)
|Prof. Ryan Calo|
Prof. Ryan Calo has been thinking about the law and new technology for years. See The Drone as Privacy Catalyst, 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 29 (2011), as well as news stories where he's been quoted.