Wikipedia Wants to Stop the EU From Banning Photos Taken in Public Places

/ 1 year ago


Do you like to read about public places and see how they look like? Wikipedia is full of the latter information, giving its users a chance to read about all sorts of places of interest. The thing is, Wikipedia is the main source of information when searching for just about anything nowadays.

However, the law that protects sites such as Wikipedia when posting public images is now threatened to be removed by the European Parliament. By the looks of it, Wikipedia is making use of the images while also protecting the respective artists’ rights to the photos, which makes it a win-win for both parties. So why take it down?

By revoking the law, thousands of images will be taken down and I personally consider the move to be a big blow to the access of information. For example, if a student would like to document himself about a certain style of architecture found in a place he cannot visit, why not view a picture of it online?

Freedom of panorama status around the world

Freedom of panorama status around the world

The law that allows websites to post images taken in public places is named Freedom of Panorama and you can read more about it over on Wikipedia. They are also urging people to take action and block the EU Parliament’s decision to remove the law. More information about the latter can be found here.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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