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Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license

I've just received word that the governor of Michigan intends to sign a bill that will effectively outlaw taking photos of public property in the state without paying a large fee and obtaining a license.

Under the bill, the likeness of every government structure within Michigan -- including bridges on public roads -- will be protected by copyright, making it illegal to take photos without obtaining express written consent of a newly created state office, the Copyright Revenue Adjustment Panel.

According to the bill's preamble, the legislation has several goals, including:

  • Protecting the children by raising extra money to shore up Michigan's terrible financial condition
  • Protecting the children by tightly controlling photos of the state's resources, enhancing the "Pure Michigan" brand and increasing tourism and jobs
  • Protecting the children by making it harder for pedophiles to capture photos of innocent children who happen to walk across public streets or bridges
  • Protecting the children by making it harder for would-be terrorists to take photos of critical infrastructure
  • Protecting the children by preventing photographers from obstructing traffic and causing accidents

In a press release, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Leonard "Lirpa" Sloof, explained that he got the idea after seeing a barrage of newspaper articles and TV segments using stock footage of deteriorating lead pipes in Flint. "This whole Flint water incident has been a convenient way for out-of-state media to pursue their anti-Michigan propaganda," he explained. "But then it dawned on me: we can just claim those lead pipes are government property and we should be able to control who takes photos of them."

He added: "It's all about the children. I don't want any anybody to whine that this violates the First Amendment. The Constitution specifically allows for enforcing copyright, and that's exactly what we're doing here."

Bridgehunter.com is currently discussing options with legal counsel. If the law goes into effect, it will be necessary to blur all Michigan bridge photos, or remove them outright. Our legal team is also researching the possibility of relabeling all Michigan bridges as actually being located in a neighboring state, like Ohio.


The Mighty Mac Bridge of "Toledo, Ohio"

Comments  (11)

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted June 4, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Hey, I remember this and there are posts missing.

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted June 4, 2016, by Luke

Might wanna look at the post date, champ.

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted June 4, 2016, by David Galbreath (galbgen1942 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just like a State Government. You could be Sued for faulty Bridge Conditions and Missuse of State Property. Could be going back to Toll Bridges. I will not go the Michigan again as I might photograph a state Building, Bridge, or Tree without a permit.Is it only Idiots left in Michigan??

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 2, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just heard that Holth and McOmber were detained at the Governors Mansion yielding assault rifles!

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

Need to be careful though,April Fools joke today policy tomorrow. :)

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by Luke

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Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good one Jason.Almost had me believing it.

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am so glad someone finally thought of the children!!

Sen. Leonard "Lirpa" Sloof should be our next president, because "nobody" could be better than the candidates we have right now!

I look forward to the first of April post on bridgehunter each year....

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All I have to say is Legendary.

Breaking News: Michigan to outlaw taking photographs of bridges without a license
Posted April 1, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

LMFAO! Ha ha ha!!! You got to do a more creative job to get me convinced that the Nathan Holth Law will go into effect. Who's going to catch and report the photographers, half-naked fat men accusing us outsiders of "hunting," like that old fart did in Fayette Co., IA in 2011? HA!!! ;-)