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Drone Exemptions For Hollywood Pave the Way For Widespread ­se

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The commercial use of drones in American skies took a leap forward on Thursday with the help of Hollywood.

The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to applications from seven filmmaking companies, said six of those companies could use camera-equipped drones on certain movie and television sets. The decision has implications for a broad range of industries including agriculture, energy, real estate, the news media and online retailing.

"Today's announcement is a significant milestone in broadening commercial use," Anthony R. Foxx, secretary of transportation, told reporters in a conference call.

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