New bill would restrict drone flying in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new bill proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly will add more restrictions to where and when drones can be flown.

House Bill 0153 initiated by Representative Mike Harrison, District 9 (R), would prohibit people from flying unmanned aircraft to capture images at events like professional football games or events with 100 people or more.

Drone operators would also need the venue owner or event operator’s consent to fly a drone.

The main aspect of the bill is safety. Drone footage that went viral from Nashville’s 4th of July fireworks show last year is an example. If the drone had malfunctioned, it could’ve fallen from the sky and injured someone.

Copyright laws are another aspect that the law would protect, especially for the Tennessee Titans.

A drone flying over LP Field during a game or practice, capturing video, would be infringing on certain team and broadcasting rights.

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