When is permit required for photographing landmarks domestically vs over seas?

1 year 1 month ago #608978 by Owen
Gotta love the wild wild west of the internet.  A blog post I had read on Monday (might have been Sunday) was speaking about how some counties and areas are requiring certain level of permits when now photographing landmarks, when the intent is to have photo published. 

So, if this is the case and let's say I go to France and photography the Eiffel Tower while on vacation, and it's a beautiful shot.  Let's say a magazine contacts me and wants to use the photo or feature me with this photo.  OR better yet, a company wants to buy my photo to use in an advertisement.  Because I didn't have a permit to take this shot when I took it, and it wasn't intended for commercial purpose at the time of taking the shot, how is this enforced? 


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1 year 1 month ago #609003 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Owen

Maybe a few too many 'ifs' there ...

Places like the Eiffel Tower, Britain's Big Ben of the US site showing the 4 Presidents are so public that no-one is able to claim 'commercial exclusivity & rights'.

To my mind [from here in Oz] if you have to pay an admission fee to enter somewhere, then some commercial 'rules' may apply. For example - if you enter the world-famous Uluru site with the intention of getting a fabulous sunrise/sunset shot that you then intend to sell as 20" x 30" wall posters, then you'll need to pay the Uluru traditional owners a fee of some sort. However, as a tourist for home use, no-one will bother you. Can you see the difference between 'intent' here?

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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1 year 1 month ago #609013 by effron
Agree with Phil, you seem to be over thinking it. Be a tourist.....

Why so serious?
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1 year 1 month ago #609035 by Shadowfixer1
I think there would be a issue of using the Eiffel Tower at night for commercial purposes. The lights on the tower are copyrighted but not the tower itself. You just need to research about the landmark you are considering.  

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1 year 1 month ago #609041 by garyrhook
What he said, above. It's the light show on the Eiffel Tower that is copyrighted. The tower itself is not.

Every landmark and every country will be different. You need to do your homework, and you need to not worry about things if you're not shooting commercially.

Besides... a magazine article would be editorial. Not commercial.


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1 year 1 month ago #609052 by Moe

effron wrote: Agree with Phil, you seem to be over thinking it. Be a tourist.....



Agree, don’t overthink it. Enjoy yourself!


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1 year 1 month ago #609132 by Addicted2Photos
:agree:   first off magazine as others mentioned is editorial.  Now someone using your photo for an advertisement is commercial use.  

What's funny is reading the post about the Eiffel tower, I thought you guys were mistaken.  I mean, come on, how can you stop people from taking photos of a landmark?  Yep sure enough!

mymodernmet.com/eiffel-tower-copyright-law/

WOW!  That is just, WOW.  No words to express how silly this is.  


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1 year 1 month ago #609194 by Amy Porter
So true


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1 year 1 month ago #609244 by Cara Wilkins
Never heard of such a view like this.  

+1 I wouldn't worry about it.  


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