New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

NY1 Proposal to Change Social Media Policies at Tourist At­trac­tions by Pat Kiernan

Proposal to Change Social Media Policies at Tourist At­trac­tions

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Proposal to Change Social Media Policies at Tourist At­trac­tions

BY SPECTRUM NEWS STAFF 
PUBLISHED 9:38 AM ET MAR. 21, 2019

 

Next time you take a picture at a tourist attraction, you may want to read the fine print first. 

The most recent installation to pop up in the city is the Vessel at Hudson Yards. 

It's already caused a social media frenzy, with New Yorkers and tourists alike snapping selfies in front of the 150 foot-tall, honeycomb-like structure. 

But, critics are questioning a policy that grants the owners of the Vessel access to content taken at and of the site. 

After backlash, they softened the original language to make it clear visitors own their photos, but that the Vessel retains the right to re-use those images.

Councilman Ben Kallos says this issue has shone a light on the issue of ownership in the age of social media.

He is now proposing legislation to ban tourist attractions from forcing visitors to give up ownership of their photos or identities.

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