Copyrighted cityscapes?

Most of all love to go around taking shots of cities when we travel. I personally love it. Big Ben, London Eye, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Frauenkirche, Olympiapark, and so on. A lot of people also heard the stories like the problems when shooting the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, where the family of the sculptor enforces image copyright on the monument to a level where news papers don’t show it any more.

Blacked out London-Eye - Copyrighted cityscapes (The London Eye. Photograph from the Wikimedia Commons)

Blacked out London-Eye – Copyrighted cityscapes (The London Eye. Photograph from the Wikimedia Commons)

Of course copyright is this tricky thing. Respect mine, but I don’t care about yours. I still thing common sense should apply.

Well, common sense is about to be thrown off the window. The European Parliament will be voting next week an “equalization/unification” of the so called “freedom of panorama” for all EU countries (here the original news from Petapixel) that could basically destroy it.

If I understand well, you’ll need to seek authorization and probably pay to shoot “copyrighted buildings”. This can be taken to the level where you won’t be allowed to share on Facebook this smart-phone shot of you in London with the London-Eye in the back (apparently you’re already not allowed to do that with the Little Mermaid).

We need to speak up! We need to voice our concerns to our members of the European Parliament!

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About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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