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Thursday, 09 July 2015


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Good news at least for now in Amateur Photographer magazine, where it also says that 500,000 people signed a petition against the clause.

Next we'll be copywriting our faces and our cats to put street photographers and the internet out of business.

"... too few of the world's humans own too damn much, and want more ..."
For the long view on the systemic aspects of this, I suggest "Capital in the 21st Century" by Thomas Piketty. What this book actually is, is a history of capitalism and it's effects on economic inequality, with a history of economic theories about it on the side.

In order to explain where we are and where we are going, most of the book tells the story of "how we got here."

The European Parliament, led by the UK Independence Party voted this proposal down this afternoon...

However, since MEP's have absolutely no executive power within the EU, it does not mean to say that the EU politburo... aka EU Commission will not go ahead anyway if it has taken a bribe to do so.

There is no such thing as democracy over here Mike!

A frightingly insane idea. I imagine an extraterrastrial civilization (the wonderful and inventive inhabitants of Titan come to mind), that aimes its super-high resolution telescopes at Paris or London, and gets fined via cosmical ways for making images of le Centre Pompidou and the London Dome. Come to think of it, wouldn't the Unfreedom of Panorama also pertain to people drawing or painting said objects? (Or sing a song about 'em?)

A petition with 480 000 signatures calling for no restriction on the 'Right of Panorama' was handed in to the European Parliament yesterday.
My signature was on it.

An inverse of the tragedy of the commons writ large... sigh indeed.

European Parliament rejects ‘absurd’ EU plan to axe Freedom of Panorama
Read more at http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/european-parliament-rejects-absurd-eu-plan-to-axe-freedom-of-panorama-55708#5UEss0L4qYuJFE6Q.99

"Freedom of Panorama," is a weasel phrase. It has nothing to do with shooting a panorama, of Paris, from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Although many Masons from Marienbad may think so 8-0

The Third Reich lost WW2, but European Oligarchs are winning the EU Economic War. Their brothers, the American Oligarchs are winning the Second American Revolution. It's about time for "Torches and Pitchforks."

From time to time, we do win a few: Bill protecting civilians' right to record police officers clears Legislature http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assembly-police-recording-20150709-story.html

A basic income for all human beings around the world is direly needed.

This is amazingly ignorant. How can someome expect to control something in open public view? Tell the Paris govt. they must ask your permission before taking your photo on street surveillance cameras and see how far that gets you.

One solution for this is simple civil disobedience. Everybody outside of France should post a photo of a Parisian landmark and dare them to come to your country and sue you. Not easy if there are millions of you. Extra points if you have a person in the foreground giving France a middle-finger salute or, even better, a "moon"

Another perspective:


"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."

Very well phrased. It's a keeper of a quote!

Talking of european problems and the greed of the elites, I found it interesting (but not surprising) that Goldman Sachs had it's blood funnel at the trough when it cooked the books for Greece so they could enter the EU.

An Internet storm in a tea cup. It was never going to fly, The proposer had, apparently, other aims in mind.
France and Italy, amongst who knows how many other countries, have never had Freedom of Panorama so does that mean all those tourist snaps of the Eiffel tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa are illegal?

The whole brouhaha was raised by the SKIING correspondent of the anti-eu English paper, the Daily Telegraph, which as an organ is slightly to the right of Genghis Khan

Fortunately, only some 5% of the members of the European parliament voted in favour of the anti-freedom of panorama amendment. Let's hope that the other 95% will now come together to enforce freedom of panorama in all EU countries.


Don't forget that you give social-media various reproduction rights of that picture of Grandma with an attractive building in the background. With some Terms & Conditions allowing the service provider to use the image for 'publicity for it's service', that could be enough to make the photographer liable for unauthorised use of the visual appearance of the attractive building . . .

The book everyone should be reading on the subject of human greed and it's effects on the planet and our very existence is 'This changes everything' by Naomi Klein.

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