Last summer we all came together to save the Freedom of Panorama. With a total of 555,223 people signing the petition, the European Parliament listened to us and recommended that the European Commission not restrict this freedom. However, the fight is not yet over. They have to hear us again. In this way you can save the Freedom of Panorama, and even broaden it to the European countries which don’t have it yet!
Now it’s up to the European Commission, and this is our chance to tell them what we think about the Freedom of Panorama. They started a public consultation to hear your opinion on this topic. Don’t miss this chance to speak up. Your voice was heard in summer 2015, and it will be heard again this time!
Here you can respond to the consultation, it will take you 6 minutes.
After you fill in the “general information about you” you may skip the step “The role of publishers in the copyright value chain” if that’s not interesting for you and proceed with the “Use of works, such as works of architecture or sculpture, made to be located permanently in public places (the ‘panorama exception’)”.
As the wording of the survey is somewhat difficult to understand and off-putting for ‘lay’ persons, especially regarding unclarified double-negative legalistic language, we greatly appreciate the help of a UK educator who also signed the petition for Freedom of Panorama last summer and now completed the survey. She gives additional information and her view as an educator on the impact on everyday users of photography and how to word a submission, which are all useful. As she particularly wants to protect Freedom of Panorama for the younger generation, find her personal statements below the respective questions and examples of answers.
It takes approximately 6 Minutes.
A quick guidance through the 7 questions:
1. When uploading your images of works, such as works of architecture or sculpture, made to be located permanently in public places on the internet, have you faced problems related to the fact that such works were protected by copyright?
A problem may not only be that the rights holder contacted you but also that you have no clear understanding whether or not your actions are legal, when you upload an image, which is a problem in itself.
2. When providing online access to images of works, such as works of architecture or sculpture, made to be located permanently in public places, have you faced problems related to the fact that such works were protected by copyright?
Not relevant to most people, although it may be for you if you provide online access for others.
3. Have you been using images of works, such as works of architecture or sculpture, made to be located permanently in public places, in the context of your business/activity, such as publications, audiovisual works or advertising?
If you have ever published a photo of a building where you could not have been certain as to whether its architect had died more than 70 years ago, then the correct answer is “Yes, on the basis of an exception”.