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Photo Restrictions - I - 01/21/2003
A few days ago, I looked into ColorFoto, a German photo mag and there it was: photographers pointing their camera at the pyramid in front of the Louvre will be immediately approached by a guardian protecting the rights of the architect! Taking a picture of the structure at night from a tripod? Forget it!

Now, Mr Eiffel is safely dead for a long time, so, there shouldn't be a problem taking a piture of his tower? Wrong again: the tower nowadays is illuminated.
The illumination is copyrightable art and strictly speaking you need a special permit to take a picture of it.
Of course, the tower is visible from so many angles that it would be very difficult indeed to enforce that rule, but with the pyramid there seems to be a real problem.
I find this silly: public buildings are just that: public. Taking and publishing pictures of them only benefits the fame of the architect.
If there were no pictures of the architecture in Paris, how many tourists would come?

From a member of another forum, I was informed that there are even "copyrighted" landscapes in France!


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