Banned! Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night
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Banned! Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower on a foggy night in Paris Alexander Klein/AFP via Getty Images Sharing a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night on Facebook without paying for it could land you in hot water. Even if it’s just a holiday memento. Such quirks of EU copyright law will persist even after the bloc next week unveils its long-awaited proposals to overhaul them. It says a lot about the national, ideological and even generational divisions within Europe over how to regulate the digital future. And it underscores the power of one country, France, to impose its will on the rest of the European club. At issue is a legislative battle over a concept called “freedom of panorama,” which concerns the use of depictions of buildings and art permanently located in public areas that are covered by existing copyright protections. While protected images are already shared millions of times per day on Facebook and other social platforms, the French are aggressively applying a protectionist stance to get the Commission to quietly dilute its reforms. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images | Lettering and illustration by Vasava In countries where the freedom is limited, including France but also Italy and […]

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