Drones & Filming: Legal Issues

The widespread use of drones for photography and video has advanced rapidly in recent years. However their misuse in some notable cases has led to Government regulation which became law on 1st January 2021. As a result of this legislation most commercial drones are designated as a small unmanned aircraft (UAV) and require their pilots to be qualified and licensed within the UK.

Until the end of 2020 there was a distinction between the flying of a drone for leisure or commercial purposes. This has been removed and the Civil Aviation Authority regulations now emphasise the potential risk of the flight to cause harm. From 1st January 2021 any person operating a UAV weighing more than 250 grams must register as an operator and display an operator ID. Any operator flying a drone must pass an online theory test and get a flyer ID.

As drones have become more sophisticated and capable the laws surrounded their use have tightened up. DPD only employs qualified, experienced and insured drone pilots for its work so client’s can be assured that filming over properties is in safe and capable hands.


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Copyright & Licensing

As is UK standard practice the copyright of all media produced by DPD remains with DPD. All media is licensed to the client for the purposes set out in the licensing agreement for the duration of the agreement. Full terms and conditions are set out on request.