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Balancing property owners’ rights and drone operators’ needs

In July, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) will meet in Anchorage to discuss and vote on model state legislation that affects unmanned aircraft, better known as drones. The ULC is a nonprofit, American unincorporated association made up of attorneys. Its members are appointed by state governments, and its goal is “to bring clarity and stability to critical areas of statutory law across jurisdictions.” The commission has been trying to balance the rights of property owners with the needs of drone operators, which has proven to be a challenging task.

Rights of property owners vs. needs of drone operators

In an opinion piece on TechCrunch, Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, argue that the current proposal from the ULC strikes an appropriate balance between “the rights of property owners and the needs of drone operators to access airspace.”

They urge the ULC to “pass the proposal in its current form, at its upcoming annual meeting in Anchorage, and to reject any last-minute attempts to amend it further.”

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