Duncan Votes to Protect Right to Photograph Scottish Landmarks


Ian Duncan MEP has voted to delete controversial clauses from EU legislation which threatened to ban people from photographing and sharing pictures of landmark buildings such as the Eiffel Tower or the Forth Bridge, which was recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Fears were 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 (amateur or professional) having to apply for a licence before they could use a shot of landmark buildings such as Edinburgh Castle.

Ian commented:

"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, Conservatives in the European Parliament secured an agreement across the majority of political groups in the parliament to have the controversial clause removed from the report.

Ian 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.



Notes to Editors

1. Ian Duncan is the Conservative MEP for Scotland and Chief Whip in the European Parliament.