The idea that someone could claim copyright on photos that other people took---simply because of the subject matter---is abhorrent.
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They tried to do the same some years back in NYC, trying to claim that you can not take a photo of the Chrysler Building and similar (if I recall correctly). I don't know the actual current status but if they won I think it's ludicrous, and would be sad as well. Any serious court should throw out such a claim immediately. No? But then again they tried to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge too
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