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I doubt this would stand in any court in the free world. How can you copyright the lighting of a monument? Jer Peter Tattersall wrote: > > On Thursday, June 13, 2002, at 04:53 PM, Jerry Olson wrote: > > > And there's nothing from stopping professional photographers from taking > > a photo of the tower at night, either. I'd be Damned if I'd pay anything > > to anybody to photograph a national monument! Not a dime! That's almost > > like Exxon claiming ownership of the sun and adding a $25 fee on your > > monthly utility bill. > > > > Jerry > > From the Official Eiffel Tower Website FAQ page (http://www.tour- > eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/pratique/faq/index.html): > > "There are no restrictions on publishing a picture of the Tower by day. > Photos taken at night when the lights are aglow are subjected to > copyright laws, and fees for the right to publish must be paid to the > SNTE." > > If you take a picture for your own use, you're OK, but expect a > copyright fight if you shoot for commercial purposes. > > As for it being a national monument, it's actually owned by the City of > Paris rather than France itself, so I suppose you could argue that it > isn't a National monument at all - though it is the most well-known > monument in the world, according to the web site. Again from the FAQ: > > "The Tower belongs to the city of Paris, which contracted the operations > to a limited company, the Société Nouvelle d'Exploitation de la Tour > Eiffel (SNTE)." > and > "... the operating company, the Société Nouvelle d'Exploitation de la > Tour Eiffel, gives the majority of its benefits from revenues back to > the city of Paris." > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.