Under circumstances that seem reminiscent of the rise of the Internet as a mainstream platform 20 years ago, the rise of recreational and commercial drone use is creating a confused and possibly dangerous tangle of competing interests that the law is having a difficult time keeping up with. In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported more than 600 illegal drone sightings through mid-August, compared to fewer than 240 for all of 2014. One major challenge is that drones being flown for noncommercial, "recreational" purposes are subject to comparatively little regulation, while any uses of drones for commercial purposes are very heavily, somewhat prohibitively, regulated. Drones are considered "unmanned aircraft systems" under the FAA's laws and regulations.
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