Popular YouTube travel bloggers Kara and Nate, who run a commercial YouTube channel with over 1.93 million subscribers, said this week they received a $ 1,000 fine from the National Parks Service for filming their blog without permission , and issued an FAA warning for the use of their drone. The couple usually travel around the world reporting on their expeditions, but since the COVID-19 pandemic, they have decided to buy a dodgy sleeper and tour the country.
Her latest video, “Why We Don’t Visit National Parks”, has been viewed 330,000 times in the first 24 hours since it was published.
According to Nate Buchanan, someone reported their videos to the National Parks Service and the FAA. Her plan was to tour the country, visit the national park system, and write travel blogs about her findings and accomplishments. The couple do not use a high-tech camera and always pay attention to nature and environmental sustainability. They travel alone with handheld cameras, but as Nate Buchanan admitted, they are a for-profit vlog and under the law now recognized they need a commercial filming permit to film in the national parks, but there’s more to it than that.
Although national parks became national parks through visitors, exchanging drawings, paintings, and ultimately photos of their natural beauty, today a permit is required from any commercial establishment wishing to film in a movie.
According to the NPS, “commercial” means the cinematographic, electronic, magnetic, digital, or other recording of a moving image by a person, company or other entity for a market audience with the intent to generate income.
The couple also use a drone to take aerial photos of the places they visit. According to the FAA, they now need a commercial drone pilot license. Buchanan said he intends to begin studying for the license, but for now they will skip the national parks because of the paperwork and lengthy approval process involved in obtaining a filming permit.
They’ll also be producing their upcoming vlogs without drones until Nate gets his pilot license.
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