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If someone hires you for a production, indeed they do not need a captains licence. Sorry, that got us off track.
But anyone receiving compensation should carry liability ins. All marinas require a certificate of insur of any contractor setting foot in their yard.
You made mention of liability insur for covering errors, content, etc. Any knowledgeable production person would know that is covered by Errors & Ommisions insur and that liability insur is for covering damages and injury. If a contractor does not have liability insur, claims can be made against the person who hired the contractor, even by the contractor themselves. Zanshin, you want to put your 54'er on the line for someone who scrimps on insur? I can buy 1 million in liability for less than $500/yr . I have had discussions with film industry insur people regarding the relatively high level of incidences of damage & injury in this field. Pull out a video camera and people start doing 'things'.
But what do I know from 20+ years of shooting for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award winning documentaries and countless projects for Discovery, History, BBC, A & E, Showtime, ESPN, Sail Magazine, etc.
You pays yer money and you takes yer chances .