One of the first places to come to mind when it comes to travel is the famous Eiffel Tower. And everyone’s destination list is placed in the first place because this giant metal structure fascinates everyone who sees it in their glory. Since it was completed on 31 March 1889, millions of tourists from around the world have visited the Eiffel Tower. Even in 2002, the number of visitors reached 200 million.
But it’s a mystery that tourists know how much about this metal structure. Let’s look at the very few known truths of the Eiffel Tower.
Even though we never visited when you say Paris, we all think the same thing the “Eiffel Tower”. Using the night view of this city’s symbol in a business for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright.
To put it more clearly, the Eiffel Tower is not allowed to be filmed at night. But why? More importantly, why only nights? You won’t find a night shot of the Eiffel Tower on any photo or video site. It may seem strange to you, but the nightlight image of the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted. When you think of copyright; movies, series or video clips come to mind but they have strange copyrights. According to the European Union Copyright Law, an artistic work, photograph,video, song, composition and architectural structure, is entitled to copyright for 70 years, which is added to the end of the life of the creator. So the formula is: Lifetime+70 year=duration of copyright. After the copyright expires if no owner there you can take it. When we think lifetime and 70 year any copyrighted content can’t be taken without permission. May be different for future generations. Although there are photos like this, the person who uploads must be known to have committed copyright infringement. Otherwise, punishment is inevitable.
Most countries have the freedom to panaroma. With this freedom, you can take photos of landscapes wherever you want, and even include copyrighted structures. For example, you can take a picture of Big Ben in London and sell it. But you can’t build a Big Ben in your garden. European Union member states have the right to adapt themselves to this freedom of photography. France is one of the beneficiaries of this exemption. The copyright holder of the Eiffel Tower died in 1923. So in 1993, the copyright of the Eiffel Tower came to an end. And now it’s anonymous. That’s why Las Vegas has an Eiffel Tower. But when it comes to night lighting, things are changing. Lighting process started in 1985. Since this work is regarded as a separate work of art, copyright continues to exist. A similar situation also applies to the Louvre Museum and Rome’s main railway station. Technically, photographing places with this kind of copyright protection is forbidden.
But the main thing to get you in trouble is to share the photos. Although no one has ever fallen to court for taking or sharing the night view of the Eiffel Tower, this situation may change at any time.It’s good to be careful. You need permission from Société d’exploitation De La Tour Eiffel. Although such prohibitions can be examined with the help of a shrinking camera or a mobile phone, technically these prohibitions continue to exist.If you’re going to this tower, be careful when taking pictures at night. Do you also be curious where the tower’s name comes from? In the years when it was built, the people who saw this place with its interesting design were astonished. The famous tower of France has taken the name Eiffel Tower from the engineer who built it. And this was tower has the highest structure in the city. Since the day it was built in 1889, it is one of the very important structures that can receive more than 200 million visitors worldwide, as well as the most income generating in the world. Today the Eiffel Tower is France’s most high fifth structure location.
In hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution, it designed for the World Fair. The tower, which is planned to be constructed for the 1889 World Fair in Barcelona, because of the rejection of this idea is being constructed as the entrance gate of the Paris Fair in 1887 and is completed in 1889. The Eiffel Tower was planned to be dismantled in 1909. However, the tower was very suitable for communication, so it was decided to be used as a radio antenna.
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