Are the lights on the Eiffel Tower copyrighted?

Are the lights on the Eiffel Tower copyrighted?

Eiffel died in 1923, therefore the Eiffel Tower became public property in 1993. As a result, there are no big copyright issues while photographing the Eiffel Tower during the day. However, the tower lights up at night, and that illumination is deemed a "distinct creative piece" with its own protection. Thus, you need permission from EDF (the owner of the tower's lighting system) to take photos at night.

There is no charge for taking photographs of the Eiffel Tower and its illumination system, but permission must be obtained in advance from EDF. You can contact them by email at [email protected] or through their U.S. headquarters in New York City at 1-866-3-EFJ-20; phone lines are open Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5PM EST.

If you would like to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower during the day, but not at night, then a daytime photo permit is required from EDF. These permits can be purchased online or at any EDF office in the world for $10 per camera. Prices vary depending on the length of stay in France, so if you plan to visit several European countries then it might make sense to purchase a multi-country permit.

Camera operators are allowed to shoot still images only. Video recording is prohibited.

Why are photos of the Eiffel Tower at night illegal?

In the European Union, copyright law is valid for 70 years after the creator's death. The lights on the Eiffel Tower, on the other hand, were placed by Pierre Bideau in 1985, which means that any shot or film that displays the monument during a time when the lights are visible (i.e., at night) is a violation of copyright law.

The problem is that the French government has not yet found a way to deal with this issue within the framework of EU law. As a result, anyone who shoots photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night risks being sued by Mr. Bideau's heirs.

In fact, there have been several attempts over the years to have the tower removed from its position next to Champ de Mars but they all failed due to legal issues like this one.

The best way to handle this situation is to send an email to the contact address shown on page 3 of this document and ask what needs to be done to get permission to shoot pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Most likely, the owner of the rights will offer you money to cover your expenses of shooting in France. If you accept, the next step is to submit an application for authorization to photograph the Eiffel Tower. This must be done in writing and should include detailed information about where and when the photo will be taken.

After receiving approval, return to France and take your picture.

Why is taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night bad?

The evening show is trademarked because, while the Eiffel Tower is technically a public site, the lights are not. The nightly light show on the tower, constructed by Pierre Bideau in 1985, is technically owned by the artist and protected by copyright. Thus, photography or recording of the show without permission from Pueen Ltd., which licenses the display, is illegal.

In addition to being illegal, photographing the Eiffel Tower at night is also very dangerous. The tower is made of metal and glass, which can be very harmful if you come into contact with during times of repair or when it is dark out. The best way to see the Eiffel Tower is through photos!

If you want to take pictures at night but don't want to get arrested, here's what we recommend: go during the day, shoot between 5am and 9pm, stay away from the tower itself and any areas marked "Private" or "Keep Out," and you should be fine.

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