Will public photography soon be impossible in Europe? A new proposal being submitted in the European Union parliament may mean almost that.
“Freedom of Panorama” is a a term we don’t hear frequently, but its importance is vital to the photography community. In short, Freedom of Panorama is a part of copyright law that gives individuals the freedom to create works of art (whether they be paintings, family snapshots, professional images, videos, etc.) in public. The specifics vary from country to country, but, in many places around the world, this is allowed for both personal and commercial use.
However, opponents within the EU want to pass legislation removing this freedom in all European countries. This would mean that, when taking any photograph or creating a video in public, you must obtain the permission of the copyright holder for any copyrighted work that may appear in it, including buildings, landmarks, and works of art.