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Drone pilot can’t offer mapping without North Carolina surveyor’s license, court says

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a North Carolina regulatory board didn’t violate a drone pilot’s constitutional rights when it told him to stop advertising and offering aerial map services because he lacked a surveyor’s license. The panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a trial court’s decision. It found the free-speech protections of Michael Jones and his business weren’t violated by the license requirement. Circuit Judge Jim Wynn wrote that states have a substantial interest in ensuring surveyors provide accurate maps to the public. Jones’ attorney says he wants to further appeal the case.

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