The European Parliament has rejected proposals to place copyright restrictions on photos of public places. The proposals would have forced members of the public to secure permission from architects or rightsholders before sharing selfies taken in front of architectural landmarks on social media.
502 MEPs voted against the proposals — part of a move to create a resolution streamlining European-wide copyright law — including the very MEP who first tabled the inclusion, Jean-Marie Cavada.
Our right to take and share architecturally-important selfies (known as the Freedom of Panorama) was saved by Julia Reda, MEP and Germany Pirate Party politician. Reda wrote the original draft the resolution, passed on 9 July, was based upon. “As a result, most Europeans will continue to be able to post selfies online and view photos of famous buildings on Wikipedia unencumbered by copyright,”