Euro MP hails EU picture decision

Half term Easter holidays in Blackpool.  A couple take a selfie on the beach.
Half term Easter holidays in Blackpool. A couple take a selfie on the beach.
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A move which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments has been kicked out.

North West UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall was among those who today opposed an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright.

This could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as Blackpool Tower.

“This amendment proposed by Jean-Marie Cavada, a French MEP, was rejected quite rationally because it was ridiculous in the extreme,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“This would have ended up being another example of unintended consequences which often happens when the EU passes laws.

“Why was the European Parliament even considering such a silly proposal? If people wish to takes selfies or photos in front of their favourite monuments or buildings, surely the EU should not have the power to take it away from them.”

If the amendment had passed it would have meant the restriction would be on any monument, sculpture or building protected by the 70 year copyright period.

In France, photographers are obliged to seek permission even to reproduce a photograph of the Eiffel Tower.