MEP helps protect right to snap landmarks

Pic Lisa Ferguson 20/02/2015'Scottish Conservative Conference 2015, EICC, Edinburgh'Ian Duncan MEP gives an update on the European Parliament
Pic Lisa Ferguson 20/02/2015'Scottish Conservative Conference 2015, EICC, Edinburgh'Ian Duncan MEP gives an update on the European Parliament

Conservative MEP for Scotland, Ian Duncan, has voted to delete controversial clauses from EU legislation which had threatened to ban people from photographing and sharing pictures of landmark buildings such as the Scott Monument or the Forth Road Bridge.

Fears had been raised over a controversial clause in a report on copyright which said commercial use of photographs or video of “works...permanently located in...public spaces” should always be subject to prior authorisation.

It raised the prospect of photographers or film-makers, in theory, having to apply for a licence before they could use a shot of landmark buildings like Edinburgh Castle.

Dr Duncan said this week: “Brussels should not be setting Europe-wide rules for how and when people can take photographs or what they can do with them. We worked to make sure that Freedom of Panorama will continue.”

In a vote yesterday, an agreement was reached in the parliament to have the controversial clause removed from the report.

Dr Duncan continued: “We have managed to strike a sensible balance. We are protecting the right of people to take and share their videos and snaps, but we were against an amendment that could damage the UK’s creative industries and erode the rights of artists.

“Two-dimensional works must remain protected to ensure that somebody cannot simply take a picture of a poster or piece of artwork and sell it on for personal profit.”