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Here Is Why It Is Illegal To Take Pictures Of Eiffel Tower At Night

OMG by Published on Updated on 30 Dec, 2018

Are you in search of photos or videos of Eiffel Tower in night view? Well, it is pretty rare to find one. You are in Paris and thinking why not to snap a picture of the Eiffel Tower and share on social media for memories.  Wait!!!! before doing that be sure to read this article.          

Many people would be unaware but taking pictures of iconic Eiffel Tower at night is illegal and is punished by the law under violation of artist's copyright under French Law.      

The Eiffel Tower glows with impressive lights, which shimmer and blink for five minutes every hour from night until 1 a.m. The lights attached to the building are a pure example of art which makes it virtually impossible to get a photo of the tower without the illumination of 20,000 light bulbs.  

CAPTION: Night view of Eiffel Tower SOURCE: Art Law Journal - Artrepreneur

While taking photos is illegal and if you share pictures of Eiffel Tower without permission of the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel then be ready to go under the serious issues. 

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In the FAQ section of Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffellists,

“The views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. Permission and rights must be obtained from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel for the publication of photographs of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.”

The pure artistic work which embodies the French revolution was built in 1889. The Eu's 2001 information society directive says photographs of architectural works in public spaces can be taken free of charge.   

Most countries abide by ‘freedom of panorama’. This right allows anyone to take photographs and videos of buildings and artistic artworks. But the countries including Italy, Belgium, and France have not allowed giving this right to people.  

All the people who want to capture the photos of Eiffel Tower for professional or commercial use, they should take permissions from the operating company of Eiffel Tower.

On the Snopes.com, we can find the photos of the Eiffel Tower for the commercial uses.     

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