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EU Rejects Freedom Of Panorama Changes

New proposals put forward for the freedom of panorama act have been rejected by MEPs.

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The European Parliament has rejected a controversial proposal to restrict the Freedom of Panorama across European states which potentially could have restricted the right to use photos of buildings and sculptures found in public spaces.  

German MEP Julia Reda, who was one of the first to publicly raise concerns about the proposed changes, has said: "The parliament has listened to the more than half a million people who have joined me in criticising this proposal. As a result, most Europeans will continue to be able to post selfies online and view photos of famous buildings on Wikipedia unencumbered by copyright."

This rejection by the majority of the MEPs comes after over 550,000 people signed a petition on opposing the planned changes. 

What this means is that the freedom of panorama stays as is with some countries having no restrictions while others, such as France, can still restrict the use of photos featuring copyrighted structures in even if they are in a public place. 

As a result, Julia now wants to continue to push for reform and changes: "We must now continue to fight for an extension of important copyright exceptions such as this one to all member states."


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ChrisV Plus
13 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 11:09AM
An outbreak of common sense in the EU? I expect this will be a front page headline in the Daily Mail. Or perhaps not.
josa 8 25 Czech Republic
10 Jul 2015 12:18PM

It will be replaced by another stupid laws soon...
deviant 16 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2015 12:16AM
An outbreak of public pressure not sense. Over 550,000 people signed this petition in one week. The only real point worth discussing is did you sign the petition and if not why not. The other point would be what will you do if they try to replace it with "another stupid law soon...". .?

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