On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography
Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground – this is called Freedom of Panorama.
However, this might be turned on its head with the current proposal at the European Parliament.
Instead of extending Freedom of Panorama to the few countries in Europe that don't currently have it, the proposal might actually take it away from those countries that do.
Here's what it could mean to you in practical terms.
If you upload a holiday picture to Facebook, you don’t make any profit from that.
You do, however, agree to the terms of service of Facebook, which state that you are giving permission to Facebook to use your picture commercially (Section 9.1 of Facebook’s Terms of Service), and that you have cleared all the necessary rights in order to do so (5.1 of Facebook’s Terms of Service).
That means, if the commercial use of photographs depicting a public building requires a licence from the architect, it is your responsibility to find out whether the building is still protected by copyright (that is whether the architect died more than 70 years ago) and who actually owns the rights today.Gasp!... _Learn more about it from Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament: http://tgcafe.it/1Nkpb7JSign a petition to stop the madness at +Change.org http://tgcafe.it/1KdaAuPThanks to +Gerd Meissner for bringing this to my attention.______________________________________________________________More marketing news: http://tgcafe.it/your-marketing-news