Friday, July 13, 2007

La Tour Eiffel -.- Paris part 4

The most visible landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is still going strong as a major tourist attraction in Paris which is already blessed with loads of other attractions.

I always wanted to photograph the Eiffel Tower by night as the lit up tower is much more attractive than the tower at daylight. However, I just learned that the result of the new, in 2003 installed lighting display on the tower is that night-time photos of that display, and the complete tower therefore, now fall under copyright and cannot be published anymore. In a recent decision, the Court of Cassation ruled that copyright could not be claimed over images including a copyrighted building if the photograph encompassed a larger area. This seems to indicate that they cannot claim copyright on photographs of Paris incorporating the lit tower.