Hey Guys is it illegal or legal to broadcast Live Heathrow web cam feed via a webcam.
I live 15 Nm from EGLL and i get at least 1 A/c every 40 seconds go over my house.
Is it legal or illegal to do this.
Nope it's not illegal because the aircraft and buildings can be seen from a public area.
For example, I am able to photograph any person or any building (or any object for that matter) as long as i'm not portraying them in a way that's otherwise contrary, causing harassment or harm, or trespassing on any public property in order to obtain the image.
So, if you can see the airport or aircraft with your naked eye from a location that is either a public place/place of residence/or property of which you are granted permission to access, then legally you're allowed to take videos/photographs and do whatever you want with them (as long as it is in a way that won't jeopardize national security) as legally you own the content.
However, I am aware that it is against the law to take photographs of any buildings belonging to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). But I believe this just counts for their actual buildings (such as control centers) rather than Airports and Aircraft which belong to private companies (BAA, British Airways etc. for example).
So if you were to set up a webcam and point it up at the sky then stream it to the internet, well there's nothing really stopping you as what i said above applies to both photographs and videos.
Also, there's plenty of video action going on from UK airports over at flightlevel350.com.
Well, this is my understanding with being in the media industry. However, i'm open to be corrected.