You misunderstood me. I understand the reasons behind the vilification, but really, those that abuse are the minority, and as usually happens in life., the bad minority kill it for the rest of us. The majority of quad flyers, even aerial photography flyers, are not in it to invade privacy. And the laws made to protect the privacy? Well those that already invade others privacy will not think much of the laws. They will do it anyway.
But more laws will come and prohibit the good people from flying, all because of the bad few. I dont think "Ahhhhh my privacy is invaded" if I see a quad, nor does the first thing I think of when I see a quad is a camera. But for most non RC folk, thats what comes to mind. I was flying a toy quad in my backyard. No camera, no nothing. Just zipping it around. I heard the 8 yr old boy next door ask his sister. "You think he is filming us?" Thats automatic thought out of an 8 yr old. Something wrong there. And the issue is not the few that do bad, its the press that they get, when the good gets NO press. its just wrong. Guys peeped on women LONG before quads were invented.
So yes, I understand the issue. Does it merit vilifying all quad flyers? Not even close.
I'm like you, and it the regulation is written to broad and vague about this issue and in the hobby. (The rest of my comment is from one post I made on this ) " Technically by that alone , anyone who flies anything over 250 grams (that's about 1 pound, I think) are required to register it. So, from what I have heard and searched for myself in lots of posts/comments of others the FAA rarely if ever listened to the concerns or recommendations/suggestions of the AMA . And as for me, being a liberty, freedom loving patriot of the Constitution of America, I won't and never will register . But hey, what do I know? It's only my humble opinion . ^_= "