[OSM-talk] talk Digest, Vol 29, Issue 104
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Fri Jan 26 15:07:58 GMT 2007
On 1/26/07, Ed Davies <osm at edavies.nildram.co.uk> wrote:
> Nick Whitelegg schrieb:
> >> >> "No photography please sir"
> >> >> "Oh, I'm just taking a picture of the station sign"
> >> >> "You're not allowed to take pictures of South West Trains property
> >> >> without permission"
> >> >> "I'm standing on a public pavement, I think you're probably wrong"
> >> >> "You can call SWT Head Office to check if you like"
> > >
> > > This can't be serious can it? Getting done for taking photos of a
> > > station??? Sounds like something from Cold War Russia....
> Dirk-L?der Kreie
> > Over here in Germany I'd simply suggest to the person to read up about
> > "Panoramafreiheit" and leave him with a little smile on my face :)
> UK copyright law seems to be the same:
> Actually, freer as (according to the Google translation of the German
> Wikipedia Panoramafreiheit article) the restrictions on its applicability
> are quite tight - you can't stand on a ladder to look over an obstacle
> for example in Germany whereas there seems to be no such restriction
> in the UK.
> However, copyright law might not be all that applies.
Yeah, there are one or two other things to take into account.
A good summary of the rights of a photographer in the UK can be found here:
its quite an interesting read.
But basically it suggests taking a photograph of a sculpture or artistic
work which is a permanent fixture in a public place is permitted. Taking a
photo of other works is, however, a breach of copyright, unless the work is
merely incident in the photo, ie: you take a picture of your friend and
there is something in the background.
Oh, and taking pictures of bank notes is illegal without permission of the
Bank of England/Scotland/Irish-bank whatever.
It's also illegal to take photos in Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square
if you're doing it for a commercial purpose. So OSM should be fine on that
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