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I'm glad you posted the topic here. In reacent years there has being this "intelectual property protections" iniciatives. SOPA, the spanish law "forcing" people to recive compensation https://www.google.com.mx/search?q=spanish+law+conten, presure to close entire websites. There is a chance this laws does not goes anywhere. But they will pass if no one pays ...


To keep things in perspective, laws that impose overly restrictive limits on what people can do in free democratic countries tend to get ignored and as a result cannot be enforced. You cannot stop people from taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower and post that on Facebook, no matter what laws are passed.


What is the impact of the EU discussion on restricting freedom of panorama? None whatsover. The European Parliament has no power to create legislation, that is the job of the European Commission, so until they propose a change to the law there's nothing to worry about.


Here's the text from the proposal that's causing the stir, and it's indeed troublesome to say the least: Considers that the commercial use of photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any ...


Here is the draft on "harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society": http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-546.580+02+DOC+PDF+V0//EN Note the paragraph numbered 16. There are amendments here: ...

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