(Politico) Sharing a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night on Facebook without paying for it could land you in hot water. Even if it’s just a holiday memento.
Such quirks of EU copyright law will persist even after the bloc next week unveils its long-awaited proposals to overhaul them. It says a lot about the national, ideological and even generational divisions within Europe over how to regulate the digital future. And it underscores the power of one country, France, to impose its will on the rest of the European club.
At issue is a legislative battle over a concept called “freedom of panorama,” which concerns the use of depictions of buildings and art permanently located in public areas that are covered by existing copyright protections.
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