Holiday snapshots

This week we posted that you are not allowed to take picture of the Eiffel Tower by night. But this Parisian landmark is not the only famous thing you may not commercially exploit. A top five of no-go’s when you’re on vacation:

  1. The Louvre – Like many museums, the Louvre does not allow total freedom to pictures taken from both inside as well as the outside. Images where part of the pyramid is shown may be used, but be sure to keep away from photos where the building is set as the main element of the picture.
  2. Burning Man Festival – The images of the music festival held in the middle of a desert in the USA are also protected. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures of structures within the premises. There are a lot of photos of this amazing festival out there though.
  3. Hollywood Sign – Perhaps one of the most well known structures in the word, the Hollywood sign is known for appearing in numerous movies and postcards. But in all these instances, the authors have had to apply for permission to do so, or otherwise be found to violate copyrights.
  4. Sydney Opera House – Just like with the Louvre, pictures of the Sydney Opera House may only be commercially used, as long as it appears as a complement to the city and not as the main focus of our image.
  5. Ayers Rock (Uluru) – It may seem strange that a rock formation, created by nature is copyrighted. Well, it is not actually. However, one must be careful when taking photographs Uluru, as the Aboriginals call it. Apparently images taken with the intent to be used commercially, are subject to prior authorization.

© Cooper Reed (Burning Man Festival)

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