Don't Use Drones to Spy on Your Neighbor

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Drone Law: Using drones to take pictures of anyone or anything without their consent is a crime.

Drone Law | Illegal Use of Drones | Criminal Defense Attorney Nashville

drone law: scenario

A neighbor, named Snoop, purchased a small aircraft with four propellers at a local electronics store. The important feature of this drone is that it is equipped with a camera. While Snoop was flying his drone over the property owned by neighbor, named Citizen, he saw people swimming in Citizen’s pool. Snoop clicked a few pictures of Citizen’s pool and yard area. Promptly, thereafter, he flew the drone back to his property. Citizen saw Ssnoop’s drone over his property and reported the incident to the police.

drone law: Is it illegal to fly drones in tennessee?

In this situation, maybe. This could be considered a crime under the amended statute of Tenn. Code. Ann. § 39-14-405(d). The amendment came in July 1, 2014 that changed subsection (d) of the statute. The statute formerly only included the language of “entire body.” The statue as amended includes the new language of “or when a person causes an unmanned aircraft to enter that portion of the airspace above the owner’s land not regulated as navigable airspace by the federal aviation administration.” 

A violation of this statute is considered a class C misdemeanor. A class C misdemeanor includes punishment of up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine. 

Drone law: Tennessee Legislation

It is important to note that on April 20, 2015, the legislature enacted an amendment to Tenn. Code. Ann. § 39-13-902(a) to film fireworks displays and the like without the consent of the owner of the venue. 

It is also amended to make it an offense to film an outdoor event that is ticketed without the venue or owners consent. 


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