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Sweden court’s ruling makes flying of camera copters difficult in public

The highest court of Sweden made it difficult for drone enthusiast to fly a camera copter in the country.
The highest court of Sweden made it difficult for drone enthusiast to fly a camera copter in the country.

Sweden: In its Friday’s ruling, the highest court of Sweden made it difficult for drone enthusiast to fly a camera copter in the country. The court ruled that rules related to flying copters in public are no different to UAVs with camera. According to the ruling, camera UAV owners will have to acquire a permit to fly their machine.

The ruling by the Scandinavian country’s Supreme Administrative Court overturns a decision last year made by a lower district court that said camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) should not be classified as surveillance devices.

In case you’re wondering where that places cars’ dash cams and cyclists’ helmet cams, well, they’re in the clear because those devices are operated in the immediate proximity of the user.

So now, whether you’re a UAV-owning Swedish citizen, or visiting the land of the midnight sun hoping to grab some dramatic shots with your quadcopter, you’ll now need to spend a few bucks on applying to county administrators for a surveillance camera permit. Though even then, there’s no guarantee they’ll grant it.

Initial reaction to the ruling from drone enthusiasts on a DJI forum was, understandably, one of disbelief and disappointment. One said it had “robbed” them of their hobby, while someone else suggested the government had “a serious hang-up about surveillance cameras.”

Another, however, seemed less concerned, questioning how the law could be effectively enforced.

One Swedish-based poster on the forum said simply that the ruling “makes no sense,” adding that “the people on the court must have been drunk or something.”