EU reject change to copyright

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A large majority of MEP’s have voted to keep the Freedom of Panorama law which effects photography of buildings in public spaces.

Scraping the legislation would have made it necessary to seek permission from rights-holders to post or publish pictures of buildings or artworks for commercial use.

However, with the legislation still in place, photographers are still free to capture images of landmarks such as Dunnottar Castle and share them on social media.

Speaking to the Leader, Deputy Custodian at the castle Jim Wands said they were happy to see the laws stay the same.

“The defeat of the Freedom of Panorama movements means that people visiting Stonehaven and our beautiful castle can continue to share their snaps on social media.

“This helps showcase all the great things Stonehaven has to offer.

“Our visitors send us some breathtaking shots of the castle and we like to share these with others who may not be lucky enough to be able to visit in person.”

During last Thursday’s decision Strasbourg, France, only 40 of 751 MEP’s voted in favour of the restrictions.

Ian Duncan, MEP for Scotland, was one of the majority to vote to scrap the controversial clause.

In a statement Dr. Duncan said: “Brussels should not be setting Europe-wide rules for how and when people can take photographs or what they can do with them.

“We worked to make sure that Freedom of Panorama will continue.

“We have managed to strike a sensible balance.

“We are protecting the right of people to take and share their videos and snaps, but we were against an amendment that could damage the UK’s creative industries and erode the rights of artists.

“Two-dimensional works must remain protected to ensure that somebody cannot simply take a picture of a poster or piece of artwork and sell it on for personal profit.”

Restrictions on Freedom of Panorama are already in places in certain EU member states such as France, Belgium and Italy.

Now the UK along with many other countries such as Spain and Germany can continue to capture images and films of buildings and artworks in public places.

The proposal drew much public criticism, and more than 500,000 signed a petition to reject the laws.