First of all I have to point out that I am no copyright expert and I hope that I
haven't misunderstood anything, but these are my initial thoughts about the issue that
you bring up.
As I have understood it when reading Commons:Freedom of panorama, most
(if not all?) European states have the rule that public art that was
created by an artist that died 70 years ago can be uploaded under a license suitable for
Wikimedia Commons (in the list on Commons countries such as Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania and Luxembourg does not specify this with the note,
so I am not sure about them. Are they different in this aspect?). As I see it, even with
newer pieces of art removed, the older art pieces still opens up for a vast amount of
objects to take photos of! Also, some countries, such as Sweden, Germany, Austria and the
Netherlands (to mention a few), have very generous copyright legislation and that opens up
for even more art photos from those countries!
The official lists with public artwork that we can get our hands on should of course
ideally be modified to remove the objects that are not within Freedom of panorama so that
people does not spend time taking pictures of them just to have them deleted later.
Hopefully the lists provided will contain enough data for us to do so easily. Hopefully we
will have the possibility to use the judicial
experts that are associated with the Europeana Awareness project to help us out when
preparing for this and help
us make rational decisions. Frankly, I would think that our problem will be that the
objects that people can take photos of will be to big to get an overview
over, and not the opposite... All of this is however something that we obviously will
have to discuss further. Finally, if some countries' copyright legislation just makes
Wiki Loves Public Art impossible we will just have to leave those countries out for now
and hope that they will change their legislation in the future!
All the best,
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 08:22:59 +0300
Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] The Europeana Awareness project and Wikimedia Sweden
On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM, John Andersson wrote:
With public art I mean sculptures, monuments mosaics, mural paintings,
memorials and place specific installments in the public space, but not
graffiti for example.
I don't want to hijack the conversation, but aren't those sculptures,
monuments mosaics, mural paintings, memorials and so on land mines
from a copyright point of view? I mean, even for monuments there are a
lot of copyright restrictions, but those pieces of art you listed are
usually newer so most likely still protected.
nicu :: http://photoblog.nicubunu.ro/
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