The threat to your holiday snaps

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Tower of London

In the future you may not be able to take this picture unless you have obtained copyright first

UPDATE: On the 9th of July, the  amendment was voted down so – at least for now – the threat to posting images of buildings and public sculpture is removed.

We have all heard stories of strange EU logic like introducing laws for straight cucumbers and bananas as well as banning the British sausage because it didn’t meet (sorry about the pun) requirements for meat content.

Here is a new proposal that is serious and will affect most of us which definitely includes Just about Travel as well.

I, as editor, will not be able to include images in any of our stories unless our writers and photographers have gained the permission of every building, – both interior and exterior shots – or pieces of public sculpture unless I can be assured by those writers and photographers that they have sought and obtained copyright permission in order to do so.

You may not be able to take pictures of buildings in the EU when you are on holiday and put them on Facebook, Instagram or any other publically accessible unless you have obtained copyright permission first.

This night shot of Reims Cathedral being lit mey be illegal under existing French law

This night shot of Reims Cathedral being lit mey be illegal under existing French law

When an MEP called Julia Reda introduced a bill into the European parliament to update intellectual copyright laws she had no intention of toughening the laws merely liberalising and harmonising them. But some MEP’s introduced an amendment which involves the commercial uses of any photographs taken. That would affect what I can and cannot use in the Just about Travel.

It affects you because if you take a picture on holiday that is fine if it is for your own non-commercial use. But if you put it up on a social media site it is possible that the particular site might have something in its terms and conditions on how that picture can be used. Then the picture comes into the commercial arena and copyright might apply in terms of permission and even fees.

Those loading images to Wikipedia could also be breach if the law comes to pass and they are asking you to lobby your MEP.

Quite frankly. This attempt at liberalising copyright has now descended to farce and will result in the EU appearing to be even more foolish if this approach becomes law.  On July 9th, the European parliament considers this.

Surely MEP’s cannot be so stupid as to pass this measure without amending it so that common sense prevails.

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