The human brain is a wondrous, capacious thing. The problem is that when you pour greed over it like syrup over waffles, it shrinks immediately to the size of a walnut.
The latest troglodytic walnut-brained idea being floated among the greed-soaked relates to something called "Freedom of Panorama," which is the current Photography-Related Buzzword o' the Moment, Summer 2015.
What it means is that too few of the world's humans own too damn much, and want more, and think no one can stop them from taking it. Here's a good book to read* on the eventual result of that human tendency.
The current fight pits reasonable people whose interests are diffuse against greedy people whose interests are acute, meaning the piggish idiots might actually win.
Here's a good primer on the issue, by Jimmy Wales at The Guardian, if you want chapter and verse. (We here in the States are still marginally protected by our First Amendment, at least for the time being.)
*Note that the linked book is a tiny hardcover, meant to fit easily in a pocket. I like 'em, some others don't.
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Robert Roaldi: "Part of the on-going re-feudalization of our culture. And no wonder, feudalism was a good deal for some people, why wouldn't they want it back? All they had to do was buy all the politicians. Once they had all the money, it was easy."
Manuel: "I have good news for everyone: the European Parliament voted against the Regulation that would uniformize copyright in the European Union. Now every member state will be free to have their own statutes on the subject.
"To be fair, however, things got somewhat out of proportion. What the Regulation draft provided was that the commercial use of copyrighted buildings necessitated the architect's consent. The commercial use, mind you. Many were led to believe it was a general prohibition to photograph buildings, or an attempt to restrain 'freedom of panorama.' The matter was actually circumscribed to the commercial use of photographs of copyrighted buildings.
"Yet, even assuming an architect's work needs the same level of copyright protection as authors such as writers or composers (which seems quite bizarre to me), defining what 'commercial use' is would still raise lots of controversy. Suppose the Regulation had passed, and Peter Turnley, while shooting in Paris, included a copyrighted building in one of his pictures. It would be crass to think the architect could claim a compensation—or even get a restraining order!—in case Peter decided to add the photograph in an album and sell it.
"So, while the controversy was largely exaggerated, the European deputies were sensitive to the issues the Regulation would arise if it came into force and duly rejected the draft. You should take notice, however, that member states of the EU can still pass statutes that restrict freedom of panorama."
Chuck Albertson: "Done and dusted. Bob's yer uncle."