Legal Question in Native American Law in California

Filming crows for commercial purposes

Why is it illegal to film true crows for commercial purposes in the United States and legal code states that it is illegal to do so?

I'm not sure what area of law my question falls into.

Asked on 11/07/04, 7:25 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law

Re: Filming crows for commercial purposes

What do you mean by "true crows?" Black birds or members of the Crow tribe? If there is a law or policy affecting the filming of members of any tribe, the law or policy is probably enacted by the tribe itself, in which case the best way to learn about it would be to contact tribal government. Most larger tribes have law or legislative departments or even public-relations departments that could tell you. The Crow Tribe's addresses and phone numbers can no doubt be found via a Web search.

Please note that most tribes limit or forbid photography of people or houses on reservation lands.

Also, there are general legal policies against allowing the commercial use of photos of private persons without their permission. The first amendment free-speech provisions careve out an exception for newsworthy photos, of course, or those of celebrities, politicians and other public figures.

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Answered on 11/08/04, 11:42 am

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