[Foundation-l] Board meeting in Rotterdam later this week

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sun Jan 14 11:04:37 UTC 2007

rfrangi at libero.it wrote:

>>senpai wrote:
>>>It's the only way to have some images in the italian articles. We have a lot 
>>>of restrictive legislations and we can't use the fair use. For example, we 
>>>can go in a museum and take some pictures of a painting but, we can't 
>>>publish into wikipedia without the permission of the "sovraintendenza ai 
>>>beni culturali"; some days ago the "sovraintendenza ai beni culturali" of 
>>>florance have threated us for the photos of some painting and ohter kind of 
>>>arts taked into the florence's museums; perhaps will be a problem also for 
>>I would suggest that you investigate the "sovraintendenza ai beni 
>>culturali"'s right to do this.  If I, as a foreign tourist, chose to go 
>>to the museum, take pictures of old masters' works, and upload them into 
>>commons when I got home, I don't think there's much they can do about it.
>Two years ago I went to Bruxelles (Belgium) and took a lot of pictures of the city. I uploaded them on Commons (as PD images) but the pictures of the Atomium where removed because of Belgian law. Apparently, being a foreign tourist is not enough.
Maybe I'm just spoiled by Canadian law which specifically allows 
photographs of buildings and permanent statues with violating anybody's 
copyrights.  The Atomium was built in 1958, and that would make it 
different enough from paintings produced a few centuries ago.


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