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The right to use pictures taken in a public place is under threat by a European Parliament proposal for the harmonization of copyright laws across the region. Buried in a complex set of amendments is the idea that the automatic Freedom of Panorama be removed from those countries that maintain it, so that copyright holders of permanent artworks and buildings will need to authorize commercial use of pictures that include their works. On the face of it that doesn't sound too bad, only that professionals who use locations with copyrighted buildings and art as a background will need to seek permissions. However, in reality it could affect anyone who posts images of copyrighted works on social media or websites that also feature advertising.
At the moment individual countries across Europe decide how they implement the Freedom of Panorama, and how far that freedom extends. The proposal suggests that that choice be taken away and that the commission dictates that all countries in the union suspend the freedom. The section of the report this is contained within states that the commission 'Considers that the commercial use of photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorization from the authors or any proxy acting for them.'
Full Freedom of Panorama means that anyone is allowed to take photographs that include copyrighted buildings, permanent sculptures or artwork and use those pictures for commercial gain. Suspending that freedom would mean that a picture of a fashion model with a city skyline as a background would require the photographer to gain permission from the copyright holders of all copyrighted buildings visible in the image before the picture could be used.
It would also mean that a tourist taking a picture of his wife against the same skyline would need to go through the same process before that picture could be loaded to social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages. It would also mean that sites such as Wikipedia would need to remove an estimated 40,000 images that contained copyrighted buildings.
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Some European countries already have limited freedom of panorama, including France. Famously, the Eiffel Tower may be photographed during the day and anything can be done with the pictures, but use of pictures taken at night requires permission from the Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel because the lighting display is copyrighted. Similar cases exist across France, Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium and Albania where copyrighted buildings can't be included in pictures that will be used commercially. Wikimedia has published a guide to how individual countries implement Freedom of Panorama, and what the implications are for people photographing in those places.
A map of Europe showing how different countries regulate including copyrighted buildings and permanent artworks in commercial images.
Dark Green: OK, including public interiors
Light Green: OK
Yellow: OK for buildings only
Red: Not OK
Blue: Public interiors are OK, but schools, opera buildings, entrance halls of businesses, and museums are not public places for the purpose of Dutch law, while railway stations are.
Source: Wikimedia Commons
According to Amateur Photographer magazine in the UK, a spokesman from the office of Jean-Marie Cavada, the French MEP who proposed the changes, says that no one has ever been prosecuted for copyright infringement in the countries that have no Freedom of Panorama, and that the law would not impact people posting on social media sites. This suggests that the theory and the practice work in different ways, and that laws have been adopted that are not enforced. The fear though is that when spread further across the region they could be enforced if copyright owners complain by suing photographers and members of the public.
The proposed change is some way from becoming law, and will have to go through a lengthy process to get onto the statute books, but there remains a chance that it will succeed. Photographers in the EU are urged to contact their MEP to make sure they are aware of what the changes could mean, and to sign an online petition at Change.org. The report the changes are contained within will come to vote on Thursday 9th July.
For more background information read a debate between two MEPs on opposite sides of the fence on the European Parliament website and a press release from the Parliament that covers the subject at the end.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
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Nikon's Sendai factory in the Tōhoku region North of Japan has been churning out cameras and lenses since 1971. We had the opportunity recently to visit Sendai during events to mark the launch of Nikon's new Z mount.
There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
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Sony has taken the wraps off of its new 24mm F1.4 GM full-frame lens, which the company claims is the lightest in its class. Despite its fast aperture, the 24mm F1.4 is remarkably light, weighing just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). The lens will set you back $1400 when it ships next month.
In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.
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Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation and the mechanical lock on SD cards.
The app's algorithms have been trained using using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.
Thanks to a software update, the Loupedeck+ editing console can now be used for video editing.
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Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support, though the company stresses that it will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties.
Two years ago, CatLABS of JP announced a plan to save Packfilm from the dead. Now, it's announced it's giving up its efforts to better focus its resources elsewhere.
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