190,000 times thank you for supporting the petition to save the Freedom of Panorama! This is already much more than I expected when I noticed the proposal and started the petition. With the amazing help from the change.org team, I’ll be able to go to Strasbourg on Wednesday, to symbolically hand over the signatures from all of you.
From what I’ve heard, things are looking very good at the moment. It’s very likely that the current draft won’t make it to the final report of the Parliament, before the European Commission will present their legislation proposal by the end of the year.
BUT: Our goal is also to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU.
On this, we still need support, as there are two major groups who seem to vote against it:
- Conservatives from countries without Freedom of Panorama
- Politicians who want to stop further harmonization of the law.
Therefore, it seems like it would be a very tight vote. That’s why I’m asking you once more to reach out to your local representative and let them know what you think! Below you can find an exemplary e-mail that you can send.
To make my personal position clear, I’m certainly not in favour of any law that takes away the right of the creator to protection of his or her creative works. Quite the opposite, since I’m constantly and actively fighting for those rights.
Architects are paid when the building is built. Photographers are paid usually after they sell a license and not when they take a photo. If the Freedom of Panorama would be restricted, architects would be paid twice, but it would make work of photographers and journalists almost impossible. Photographers would have to purchase the permission even before knowing if the photo will sell or ignore the law and stay in the grey zone. Something similar would apply to journalists and from my experience in the countries without Freedom of Panorama, you rarely even get a response from an architect on such request.
Therefore once more I call upon the European Parliament and the European Commission to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU.
Example e-mail that you can send to your local representative (you find them here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html)
If you could translate the mail to another language, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org!
For now the mail is available in Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Spanish.