Street photographers in the EU can breath a sigh of relief as the EU Parliament has rejected a plan to abolish Freedom of Panorama and force photographers to pay royalties for copyrighted works that appear incidentally in their images. The parliament failed to extend this right to all member states in the EU but rejecting the language that would remove Freedom of Panorama is considered a major win by coypfighters around the world. Hit the jump for more info.
Freedom of Panorama gives photographers the right to take pictures in public spaces, even if you incidentally capture copyrighted works, from Chicago’s Cloud Gate (think mirror bean) to images on t-shirts and billboards. On July 9, the EU may vote to abolish it and force street photographers to seek permission from copyright holders for virtually every element in the frame. Hit the jump for more info.