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State park, no permit: busted after film release?

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  • State park, no permit: busted after film release?

    Most of what you see/hear regarding filming without permits has to do with the concern of being caught in the act. But does anyone know how often filmmakers catch heat AFTER the film has already been released?

    Let's say a...ehem...friend of mine filmed a quick scene for a low budget Youtube video in a national park with no permit. 2-person crew, 1 actor 1 cameraman, no one else around. In and out in 10 minutes, nothing risky/dangerous.

    Shooting wraps a month later and film is uploaded to Youtube.

    Video goes viral and gets 10 million views in the first month.

    What's the likelihood of some bored park ranger seeing the film, recognizing the park, and investigating whether the shoot was permitted or not? Anyone know of cases where a filmmaker was investigated/prosecuted after a guerrilla shoot, particularly on state/federal property like national/state parks or forests? I know they have gone after people who upload drone footage, but that may be because the word "drone" is usually in their titles and their videos are therefore easy to find.

    My, er, friend is wondering if he should just take his chances or maybe go ahead and get a permit now and just use it to cover what he already filmed. :D

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    Sir, the possibility of successfully getting caught after the release of a film is approximately 3,720 to 1.