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Can't take photos of Eiffel tower at night?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drestin Black, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Drestin Black

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  2. CThruU

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    If you don't share it publicly, you will be fine. Then again, I'm not sure I'd want to fly a drone around Paris right now given the heightened security after terrorist attacks. There are cops/soldiers all around the Eiffel Tower in normal times.
     
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    The issue with the tower is the light show is "copyrighted" property. By making a video of the show you are steeling their intellectual property. They equate it to taking a video camera into a movie theater and videoing the movie. It's not just drones, anyone filming with a video capable device is technically breaking the law.
     
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    Really? I was in Paris few years ago and many were shooting videos when the show started. I saw even cops didn't object to it.


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    That's not the only crime you would be committing..... in France it's illegal to fly drones at night, or to fly over populated areas.....the Eiffel Tower would be the least of your worries!
     
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    The drone part I get, but not being able to take a picture outside in a public place? pffttt! Good luck with that...
     
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    I'd be careful about even flying a drone in Paris, anywhere!
     
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    Local police will probably not get involved in copyright issues. It is when someone is blatant about the video such as including in a music video or other commercial use. And I would suspect that if a private video posted to YouTube went viral the OP would receive some unwanted attention from lawyers.
     
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    Picture, no problem. Video of a copyrighted work is different. I would argue that by playing it in public without charge they are in effect putting into the public domain, but then I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.
     
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    You could try flying it over the police no-go zones. I'm sure that would get you lots of friends. ;)
     
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    Well, I've had a video of the Eiffel Tower at night on my YT channel for quite a few years and so far nobody has been beating on my door. Shaky cell phone video, but video nonetheless...I agree with your other statement that it is probably more directed at commercial use...postcards, etc...
     
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    I don't think they Eiffel tower should have an expectation of privacy in a public space. It should go indoors if it wants privacy. :D

    And if I take video of it and the French want to sue me that's fine, I just won't go back to France.
     
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    I would suggest informing the local police for advice for 2 reasons.... One is your covered and you let them know (get it in writing or filmed if they agree) and secondly... It could get shot down due to the terrorism that's happened...and if it did.. Then the police will have to replace it.

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    Cops in France aren't allowed to play with guns. :D
     
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    Flying in Paris has been a NO NO for some time now.

    Taking pictures is ok, as long is it is for personal use.