EU Moving To Copyright 'The Panorama' -- No Street Photography Without 'Permission' i.e. Payment

EU set to kill street photography

[excerpted; boingboing.net] The "Freedom of Panorama" is the right to take pictures in public spaces, even if you incidentally capture copyrighted works, from building facades to public sculptures to images on t-shirts and ads -- and on July 9, the EU will vote whether to abolish it.

Freedom of Panorama is one of the key recommendations of German Pirate MEP Julia Reda's copyright report, recommending that member-states be required to enshrine this freedom in their national laws.

The Legal Affairs committee is prepared to get rid of this, thanks to an amendment proposed by French MEP Jean-Marie Cavada, who wants people taking commercial photos to get prior permission from copyright creators for any incidental copyrighted works captured in their images.

The "freedom of panorama" basically is an agreement that the skyline and public scenes belong to everybody. Some in the EU want to change that for their own profit.

More money, more money, more money. That's my building design in your picture...pay up. That's my logo on the t-shirt in your photo...pay up. Or maybe two or three objects with different 'copyright owners' in a certain photo - that could really get costly. The battle is on in the EU. Unchecked greed vs. common sense. Showdown is July 9, 2015 - who will win?

There's an old saying about money - which says that no matter how much money a person has, millions or even billions - 'it's never enough'.

This effort to copyright 'the panorama' would seem to validate that old saying.

Only one thing comes to mind:

"For the love of money is the root of all evil" -1Tim. 6:10

July 9 - stay tuned.

Rev. 18:4

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