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Drone photographer fails in appeal against surveyors’ licensing law

The owner of a drone photography company has failed to show that his First Amendment rights were violated by a North Carolina law that requires him to obtain a surveyor’s license before he can offer aerial mapping services to his clients, the Fourth Circuit said Monday.

The law was sufficiently drafted to protect the state’s substantial interest in regulating surveyors, the appeals court said.

The law regulates “the practice of land surveying,” which is defined as “the mapping, compilation and interpretation of reliable scientific measurements and information relating to the location, size, shape or physical features of the earth, improvements on the earth, the space above…