Legal-Ease: Drone laws are unclear

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Drones are becoming much more pervasive in our society, as both the public and private sectors find more and more uses for the aircraft. But legal restrictions on their use are still trying to catch up with drones, and lawmakers and citizens alike are often unclear on the legal (and public safety) ramifications of their use.

Drones are some of the hottest new technology being used in our society. Beyond the government’s use of unmanned aircraft to spy or deliver bombs internationally, drone technology is being used to operate cameras and other tools that might have otherwise previously only been operated by human beings in person. The popularity of privately owned drones has increased significantly since December 2013, when internet retailer Amazon announced that it intends to deliver packages with drones in the near future.

Since Amazon’s announcement, many other private businesses, including those in agriculture, commerce and natural resources, have jumped on the bandwagon to introduce drones to their respective businesses. This has brought about numerous questions about how to avoid private drone misuse.

Read Lee’s full article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Drone laws are unclear

Source:, Legal-Ease: Drone laws are unclear by Lee R. Schroeder, April 18, 2015

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