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Re: fees charged and permits needed to record in Yellowstone

Subject: Re: fees charged and permits needed to record in Yellowstone
From: Dan Dugan <>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 14:52:22 -0700
Raven wrote,

>I was shocked and dismayed to find out that you need to pay
>$150.00 and obtain a permit to do nature recording within
>Yellowstone National Park.  The Yellowstone Park public affairs
>office called my husband today and said any nature sound
>recording done for "commercial purposes" needed a special
>permit and the cost would be $150.00.

Many of us record for scientific and educational purposes, and that
doesn't apply.

>I'm not sure what constitutes "commercial" to them.  A 500 cd
>pressing of original music with natural sounds is a far cry from
>the Discovery channel.

I think you're on a borderline there; a music record isn't going to
be sold for scientific or educational purposes, but your operation is
more hobby than commercial.

>Has anyone else had this experience?

Nobody asked me why I was recording in Yellowstone. Realistically,
unless you're setting up gear on a tripod in a public area (where you
wouldn't want to record, anyway) nobody's going to care. These
regulations are mainly to prevent the exploitation of the public park
by movie and tv production companies. I say go for it and don't worry
about it.



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