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Brussels Photos

EU-themes images for re-use
CC Daniel Antal - please give credit to this blog is you use the images

More EU-themed photos are available for re-use under Creative Commons licenses. I have also created a Creative Commons EU group on Flickr to make life easier. Creative Commons is a license where the copyright holder or the author declare so reserve only few rights so you can copy and re-use the work at least for non-commercial purposes. CC means “some rights reserved” against (c) all rights reserved.

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  1. Nice initiative.

    Out of curiousity: Does Google’s picasaweb also allow settings regarding copyright like flickr?

    Personally I have used Picasaweb for private albums and really like it (especially its integration with iPhoto on Mac)

  2. Very nice indeed.

    Do you know whether it is true that Belgian legislation does not allow to publish pics of any (public?) building in Belgium as one of the speakers at the EP last week claimed? Thought that was a bit weird…but then again it is Belgium, so you never know!

  3. Copyright is a very American concept and in most European jurisdictions we do not really have it. People’s have rights to do whatever they want with the things that are attributed to their identity – there writings, the image of their faces, etc. For this reason only natural persons are entitled to a similar protection that ‘copyright’ and other similar measures stand for. So, I can hardly believe it to be true. However, if you take a photograph where somebody’s face can be seen that is a very different issue. In the Hungarian legal interpretation the persona has to be a ‘public figure’, i.e. somebody who actively seeks appearance in the media, or the event must be a ‘public demonstration’ to publish such images without the consent of the person on the picture. So if you take a photo of the entrance of a building and somebody’s just coming out you’re not safe with the ‘copyright’.

  4. I dealt with this issue regarding EU buildings before and it is true. The problem is that the architects hold the authors’ rights on the design of the buildings and you are not allowed to reproduce it without permission.

    But I doubt this is something specific Belgian. I heard people saying that it is also true for the illuminated Eiffel tower, as the company who built the illumination holds the design rights to it. You are allowed to take photos of Eiffel tower by day though :)

    Maybe time for the OIB (the EU Commission department responsible for buildings) to enforce creative-commons-like contracts with architects!

  5. @Brusselsblogger – I kind of understand what you write, but I guess this argument could be defended only in a very bad jurisdiction. The architect is the author of the blueprint and the masterplan, but not the building. Although artworks can be private and may have copyrights, for a building or a public art installation you first of all have to get a permission to build it, because everybody will have to live with it. This argument would definitely not hold in most countries. Buildings are not covered by copyright.

    @ Vincent Lieser – Glad to hear…. If you click on the Creative Commons group people have added a whole new bunch of images since yesterday….!

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