Remember when a regional FAA inspector told a guy to take down his YouTube drone video? As we expected, that was a whoops. The FAA has now distributed a notice to its inspectors that tells them not to do this, and otherwise provides some guidelines on enforcement based on Internet media. Key paragraph:
In order to take legal enforcement action. Inspectors are reminded that:
• Electronic media posted on the Internet is only one form of evidence which may be used to support an enforcement action and it must be authenticated;
• Electronic media posted on the Internet is ordinarily not sufficient evidence alone to determine that an operation is not in compliance with 14 CFR; however, electronic media may serve as evidence of possible violations and may be retained for future enforcement action; and
• Inspectors have no authority to direct or suggest that electronic media posted on the Internet must be removed.
Note: Electronic media posted on a video Web site does not automatically constitute a commercial operation or commercial purpose, or other non-hobby or non-recreational use.