Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern to Host Groundbreaking Conference on the Use of Drones in Entertainment and News Industries January 14, 2014
Southwestern to Host Groundbreaking Conference on the Use of Drones in Entertainment and News Industries

Most discussions about drones - also known as remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) - are in the military context. But civilian usage of drones is growing at an exponential rate. Key uses are newsgathering and media production. Highly capable camera-equipped RPA's costs are falling dramatically and their small size will allow single journalist operation. The realities, misconceptions and the future uses of these devices will be discussed in detail on Friday, February 7, when Southwestern's Biederman Institute presents a day-long conference on Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: Legal and Regulatory Issues.

According to Southwestern Professor Michael Scott, who is co-chairing the conference: "Other than tourism, Southern California's largest industries are entertainment/media and aerospace. This conference is the first event to look at the intersection of these two industries, the problems that they face in working together and the synergies that may result from that collaboration."

Internationally recognized speakers and panelists from the legal, governmental, technical and media/entertainment industries will discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • Current Drone Usage
  • The First Amendment and RPAs
  • The Current Status and the Future of FAA Regulations
  • Responsibility/Liability
  • Insurance
  • Frequency Spectrum Allocation
  • Certification/Airworthiness, and
  • Legislative Activities at the Local, State, Federal and International Levels

The conference will address the issues and formulate recommendations for policy and best practices regarding RPAs as a contribution to future policy/law debates.

Offering 5.5 hours of CLE credit, the event is sponsored by Holland & Knight (Silver Sponsor), Wolk & Levine LLP and Metanomy. The conference is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., followed by a reception, at Southwestern. Click here for a map and directions.

Click here for more information or to register online. Additional questions about the conference may be directed to the Biederman Institute.

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