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I have a 10 foot privacy fence around my property. There are no trespassing signs on all four sides. One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard like they are casing the place.

Do I have any legal rights concerning such invasions?

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    Not a simple question, it turns out. – ohwilleke Aug 2 '18 at 18:37
  • Take up kite-flying as a hobby. "Oops, your drone got caught on my kite string and seems to have landed in my pond". – brhans Aug 2 '18 at 18:58
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    How low is it flying? Are they also using it for any commercial applications? If the latter, you could check on whether they're licensed. – mkennedy Aug 2 '18 at 23:27
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    two words: water pistol – solarflare Aug 3 '18 at 0:07
  • It depends on how high the dron flies. The space up to certain height is yours, so when the dron is within it you could get the operator charged with trespassing. – Greendrake Aug 3 '18 at 1:46
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Boggs v. Merideth was a pretty big case involving private drones and the privacy of neighbors. Happened in Kentucky, though. I would suggest taking a look at that.

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    Doesn't Really help case was dismissed before it actually went to court. It was also more on the drones operators right to compensation than the land owners rights from intrusion. It also failed to cover discharging a fire arm in the air on all but 2 days of the year in most places is illegal. Guess I will half to build a F 16 to argue border skirmish against a hostile invader to shoot it down. Since the laws seem to be ignoring most people rights to a certain amount of privacy even when you do every thing you are suppose to do. – Ernest Fultz Aug 2 '18 at 22:37
  • I understand your frustration. Really, I did an assignment on this topic for school and found that laws regarding drones and privacy are... mostly missing. /: – user9353204 Aug 2 '18 at 22:39
  • I think the one loop hole that protects people from drones is a FAA rule. think its 49 registration process. Drones are not allowed within 500 feet of a person,structure,home or emergency response worker. By that definition in the city's a drone should be what property owners would call land locked. It is against the rules to fly higher than 500 feet, so the second you fly over a person or a home you have just broke the FAA rules if you didn't have the owners permission. The real question is whether the rule extends to the road way if its closer than 500 feet to the home or structures – Ernest Fultz Aug 6 '18 at 23:04

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