Over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle announced that the gossip website TMZ was looking to launch a drone to monitor celebrities. According to the Chronicle, “Paparazzi are already using small drones on the Riviera to shoot photos of celebrities in otherwise hard-to-access areas.” The Chronicle also suggested that TMZ had filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration to launch a domestic drone.
After the Drudge Report posted the article, TMZ was deluged with complaints; they responded by writing a post saying that they wouldn’t be getting involved with drones:
TMZ is NOT getting in the DRONE business ... we don't have a drone ... we don't want a drone ... we never applied for a drone ... despite a bogus report to the contrary …. Truth is ... while drones are, in fact, awesome ... it just ain't true. We could drone on and on ... but you get the point.
A spokesperson for the FAA told Politico that TMZ did not request licensing for a drone. Let the lawsuits begin.