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To one and all please share this article as widely as possible
As photographers we need to ensure that this proposal is not permitted
May I suggest you write to your MEP, as a matter of urgency, and pass on your views
 
Should people have the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings without having to compensate for the use of copyright? The so-called freedom of panorama already exists in some EU countries, but MEPs are now considering whether it should be extended to all member states. As they will debate it on 9 July, we asked two MEPs on opposing sides of the issue why they think it would be a good or a bad thing
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For those interested please find below a copy of a reply received to-day by me from one of our Scottish MEPs
"To"                                                                                                                 Owen Roberts                                                                                            Dear Owen                                                                                                   Thank you very much for your email                                                         The amendment made was to an own-initiative report that is simply an examination by an MEP of the state of play in the implementation of the 2001 Information Society Directive. Therefore the current document has no legal effect, but I fully understand your concerns. The Labour Party will vote against any amendment which negatively affects the current UK provisions on Freedom of Panorama.                 The European Commission will propose a wide-ranging copyright reform by the end of this year, and the European Parliament has been at the forefront of keeping the debate going on the Freedom of Panorama and other issues                                                                          Labour MEPs are committed to ensuring that the Commission, when proposing its copyright reform, takes on board the views of creators, industry and consumers so that we can take forward a copyright system which works fairly for all. This includes enhanced rights for creators of cultural content, and increased possibility for portability of services and access to cross-border content.
I hope this answers your concerns.
Kind regards
Catherine Stihler MEP
Labour MEP for Scotland"*_
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Now there's asurprise English Trust Fund Toryboy Millionaire Politicians lied to the plebs "UP NORTH"
Now just doft your caps and get back to work making profits for their mates in the city; after all they need the money, the price of Champagne is going up
 
The answer is clearly YES..

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Nicola Sturgeon has been named on Radio 4's 10 Most Influential Women for 2015, and took the top spot. 

She is ranked alongside such well known women as Angelina Jolie and Caitlyn Jenner. I think that's a pretty good showing for Nicola. 
Caitlyn Jenner, who recently went public with her transition to being a woman, is on Radio 4 programme’s annual ranking of 10 most influential women
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If you ever take holiday snaps and share them with your friends & family then PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION & WRITE TO YOUR MEP or you will lose the right to do so ever again


https://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography-savefop-europarl-en?recruiter=333832291&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography. The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. 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. When you were on vacation, you could take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook*. If someone wanted to pay you for using this p...
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This is insane. You pay for the photographer's insight and skill... We all know what the bloody buildings look like already. The architects got paid for the work at the time.

What's next? Applying to the Pope for the right to take photos of natural wonders... In case God loses out on royalties!? 
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May I suggest that if you ever take photos on holiday or at any other time in a public area you need to write to your MEP and tell him to ensure that this right is not in any way reduced.
Otherwise no more holiday snaps to show and share with your friends and family
 
Should people have the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings without having to compensate for the use of copyright? The so-called freedom of panorama already exists in some EU countries, but MEPs are now considering whether it should be extended to all member states. As they will debate it on 9 July, we asked two MEPs on opposing sides of the issue why they think it would be a good or a bad thing
All the latest news from the Press Service of the European Parliament: votes, resolutions, debates, parliamentary committees and the plenary.
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The SNP leadership are asking if you want another referendum... If we do not include a new vote in the 2016 Scottish Elections it means no new vote could be mandated until at least 2020. The SNP should include a new vote in their 2016 Scottish election manifesto, to hold the vote in 2018 The failure of the main Westminster parties to deliver DEVO MAX or FFA means the 2014 result is null and void, a new vote is required. SNP leadership req...
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Now There's a surprise
Who would have thought that English politicians were lying cheating bastards
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Too Bloody Right (For Scotland that is)
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Not often I agree with TIME but on this YES
 
Czar Putin's Next Moves.

Putin's use of Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia and his support for terrorists in Ukraine — all disguised by a web of lies that would have made Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels blush and all for the purpose of destroying Ukraine's reform movement before it can create a democratic model that might appeal to Russians more than Putin's kleptocracy — is the ugliest geopolitical mugging happening in the world today.

By Thomas L. Friedman

ZURICH — Last March, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine, supposedly in defense of Russian-speakers there, was just like "what Hitler did back in the '30s" — using ethnic Germans to justify his invasion of neighboring lands. At the time, I thought such a comparison was over the top. I don't think so anymore. I'd endorse Mrs. Clinton's comparison purely for the shock value: It draws attention to the awful things Putin is doing to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, whose credit rating was just reduced to junk status.

Putin's use of Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia to invade Ukraine and to covertly buttress Ukrainian rebels bought and paid for by Moscow — all disguised by a web of lies that would have made Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels blush and all for the purpose of destroying Ukraine's reform movement before it can create a democratic model that might appeal to Russians more than Putin's kleptocracy — is the ugliest geopolitical mugging happening in the world today.

Ukraine matters — more than the war in Iraq against the Islamic State, a.k.a., ISIS. It is still not clear that most of our allies in the war against ISIS share our values. That conflict has a big tribal and sectarian element. It is unmistakably clear, though, that Ukraine's reformers in its newly elected government and Parliament — who are struggling to get free of Russia's orbit and become part of the European Union's market and democratic community — do share our values. If Putin the Thug gets away with crushing Ukraine's new democratic experiment and unilaterally redrawing the borders of Europe, every pro-Western country around Russia will be in danger.

"Putin fears a Ukraine that demands to live and wants to live and insists on living on European values — with a robust civil society and freedom of speech and religion [and] with a system of values the Ukrainian people have chosen and laid down their lives for," Natalie Jaresko, Ukraine's finance minister, told a Ukraine seminar at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The U.S. and Germany have done a good job organizing the sanctions on Russia. While the Obama administration recently decided to deploy some American soldiers to Ukraine in the spring to train the Ukrainian National Guard, I'd support increasing our military aid to Ukraine's Army now so it can better defend itself from the estimated 9,000 troops Putin has infiltrated into Ukraine.

Ukraine also needs $15 billion in loans and grants in the next year to stabilize its economy, in addition to its bailout from the International Monetary Fund. Ukrainians had dug themselves into a deep, deep hole with their 20-plus years of industrial levels of corruption from a series of bad governments after Kiev became independent of the Soviet Union. The reason for hope is that the revolution and latest elections in Ukraine have brought in a new generation of reformers, who are rapidly transforming ministries and passing tax and transparency regulations. They are actually welcoming hardheaded, good-governance benchmarks as a condition for Western aid. But if they deliver, we must deliver.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been traveling across Europe last week in part to lock in the aid package for Kiev. The U.S. has committed its share, but the European Union is still balking a bit. Putin's aim is to sow enough instability that the West will hold back aid so the Ukraine reformers will fail to deliver and be discredited. That would be a shame.

Global financier George Soros, who's been helping foster Ukrainian reform, told the Davos gathering that "there is a new Ukraine that is determined to be different from the old Ukraine. ... What makes it unique is that it is not only willing to fight but engage in executing a set of radical reforms. It is up against the old Ukraine that has not disappeared ... and up against a very determined design by President Putin to destabilize it and destroy it. But it is determined to assert the independence and European orientation of the new Ukraine."

Ukraine could also impact the price of oil. The two *biggest actors who can shape that price today are Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, and Russia's czar, Putin. If the Saudis decide to cut back production significantly, the price of oil will go up. And if Putin decides to fully invade Ukraine, or worse, one of the Baltic states, and test whether NATO will really fight to defend either, the price of oil will go up. With his economy in shambles, Putin's regime is now almost entirely dependent on oil and gas exports, so he's really hurting with the oil price collapse. The odds of Putin fully invading Ukraine or the Baltics are low, but do not rule out either.

Triggering a big geopolitical crisis with NATO is an easy way for Putin to shock the oil price back up. Putin's covert Ukraine interventions up to now have not succeeded in that. In sum: Today's oil price will be most affected by two men — King Salman and how he uses his spare capacity to produce oil and Czar Putin and how he uses his spare capacity to produce trouble.

Read more:

Moscow Talks Fail to Clinch Ukraine Peace Deal. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Steps Up Pressure on Russia:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/BpupAYBvh7E

Save the New Ukraine:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/YuckCVMAcWf

Reversing Course, Russia Cuts Interest Rate:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/dDSYGfrkdGL

Russia Credit Rating Is Cut to Junk by S&P for the First Time in a Decade:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/KXLjgxGhnj8

Saudi Oil Minister: I Don't Care If Prices Crash To $20:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/XsZK7vaW6gt

Russian Troops Support Rebel Offensive in Ukraine, NATO Says:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/1RZAdjnUESV

U.S. Joins Europe in Efforts to End Fighting in Ukraine:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/FNhRmriDMwv

The Financial Times: Battle for Ukraine: How the West Lost Putin:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/idns9L8nhBM

A Senior Officer Was Arrested in Kiev on Charges of Spying for Russia As U.S. and Europe Work to End Ukraine Fighting:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/7nSmmAAN6PG

Russian Terrorists Set Sights on Small Eastern Ukraine Town:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/NUosodu6MXe

Ukraine Fighting Continues as Talks Stall:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/SJSRwQU5K9N

Lining Up to Receive Aid in Ukraine, Crowd Is Devastated by a Mortar Attack: 7 People Were Killed and At Least 3 Wounded:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/77UMDzZrF4w

31 Are Killed in Rocket Attack on Port City in Eastern Ukraine:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/7zkK3Bgf5Xx

13 Are Killed in Ukraine as Diplomacy Hits a Wall:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/33h9sWHBpHx

8 Civilians Killed in Shelling of Ukraine Trolleybus by Russian Terrorists:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/gUGADagSYos

The Russian People Keep Paying the Price for Their Leaders' Incompetence:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/WuRJqxbrFe7

Brainwashed Russians started singing "God Save the Czar!"?:
https://plus.google.com/110609377129012222587/posts/ZACeyg8JnA6

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Photo: Putin is not only a czar of brainwashed Russians, but also a terrorist #1 in the world.
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"Your right to use your camera to photograph objects such as the Gherkin in London even from public land is being challenged."
But not by a British challenger let's be careful not to mislead
"someone aware of their past blood loss as you will be too."
Including the Millions murdered by their hero leader
"a system fought for by our parents in WW2."
Bought by our parent true but not fought for it did not exist for several years AFTER the war
There is much wrong with Western Democracy, and the (Semi)United Kingdom in particular; but the Russia of TSAR PUTIN does not stand comparison on any level
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