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Aerial videos taken over Lollapalooza draw FAA lecture

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Federal Aviation Administration won't charge the man who shot live footage with an aerial drone over the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park, but the videos did catch the agency's attention.

FOX 32 News captured video of a helicopter hovering above an open field in the South Loop. For decades, camera-equipped manned aircraft were the only ones able to capture images from above. Now, anyone with a few hundred bucks can buy a drone and record amazing pictures and video.

Alfredo Roman did just that, taping aerial shots of Lollapalooza and posting them online. Geena Campobasso was there at the three day music festival.

“I don't recall seeing a drone above me, I guess I was really into the concert,” said Campobasso in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

But the DJ noticed, even calling the drone a UFO.

“Yo everyone look at the UFO in the sky right now,” shouted DJ Phantom.

"I want to say that people should be able to do what they want to do in a situation like that but at the same time it is a safety issue,” said Campobasso.

And that's how the FAA sees it and they made that clear with Roman Friday afternoon. Moments after he heard from federal authorities, he canceled a scheduled interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

The FAA says anyone who wants to fly an aircraft – manned or unmanned – must get permission from them first.

“The FAA has fined people up to $10,000 for shooting at events at universities and so forth but those have generally been reversed in the courts because they haven't set forth clear rules to let people know what they should or shouldn't be doing,” said Lori Andrews.

Andrews is a law professor at IIT Chicago –Kent College of Law. She specializes in technology and privacy.

“Congress told the FAA you've got to come up with rules, but they haven't met the deadlines so we're in this limbo,” said Andrews.

She added, “But until the FAA gets off its butt and does something right now they're threatened use of drones but they don't provide any mechanism for people to legally use them."

More than six thousand people have viewed Roman's Lollapalooza video posted on YouTube showing a packed Grant Park filled with people and flashing lights.

“I'm pretty sure it's like an NFL show right, you're not supposed to reproduce that,” said Oscar Sjogren, a Chicagoan.

An FAA spokesperson says they had an educational conversation with Roman and informed him of the applicable laws when operating drones.

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis reports Roman bought his drone six months ago for about $500, not including the camera. His YouTube page is filled with videos from his drone, mainly concerts in the park. He was not charged with a crime. There was mixed reaction on Facebook about whether he should be.

“If I see one near my house it will be destroyed,” posted Nicole.

“The government films us all the time, without any permission, it's only fair that we are able to do the same,” posted Aubrey.

There's more information on the FAA's website:

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