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Bent Nygaard talte i EU som repræsentant for dff & FEP

 

dff var igen med hvor tingene sker:
Af Jeppe Lykke Hansen

Et kontroversielt forslag om at indskrænke retten til at fotografere i det offentlige rum blev i går skudt endegyldigt ned af et markant flertal i EU-parlamentet, og det vækker glæde hos Grakoms nye foreningsmedlem, Dansk Fotografisk Forening, DFF.

Bent Nygaard og Jens Erik Bæk
Foto: Jens Erik Bæk

- Det er super, at vi har fået lov til, at beholde vores lovgivning. Den er nemlig god. I lande som bl.a. Frankrig og Spanien er det forbudt at gengive offentlige bygninger, og sådan har det været i mange år. Så for dem var det naturligt at mene, at det var deres lovgivning, der skulle gælde på samme måde, som vi har ment, at det var vores, lyder det fra dff’s formand Jens Erik Bæk.

EU bygningen i Bruxelles
Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

Forslaget, der skulle beskytte ophavsretten til bygninger i samtlige 28 EU-lande, havde på forhånd vakt stor opstandelse, og dff’s foreningschef, Bent Nygaard Larsen, deltog i et EU udvalgs høringsmøde, hvor han var en af række talere imod.

Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

- Der var syv talere, der pegede på problemerne i forslaget, men det var kun Bent Nygaard, der kom en løsning. Nemlig at de regler vi har i Danmark, ville være en forbedring for alle, fortæller Jens Erik Bæk, og fortsætter:

- Hvis man skal sige noget, har fotograferne nok været for sent ude med at opdage, at den her lovgivning var på vej. Nu skal vi så tage teten og komme med nogle forslag, som de kan acceptere sydpå.

Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

I Danmark kan man frit bruge fotografier af bygninger, men ikke af kunstværker. En reklamefotograf må med andre ord godt tage et billede af en model med Christiansborg som baggrund, men skal indhente tilladelse, hvis det samme skal gøres med Den Lille Havfrue.

Samtlige danske EU-parlamentarikere støttede, at forslaget skulle slettes fra en kommende reform af EU-lovgivning om ophavsret.

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se også: http://politiken.dk/…/eu-parlament-dropper-omstridt-fotofo…/

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FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers

“Freedom of panorama”: FEP meets the Working Group on copyright reform at the European Parliament

Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

FEP has been invited by the European Parliament to meeting the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform, concerning the so called “freedom of panorama” issue. The purpose of the meeting was to acquire the opinions of the different authors and users of panorama pictures, in view of a reform of the copyright directive 2001/29 , who introduced – among others – exceptions to the right of reproduction or communication on visual arts, but allowed each Member State to introduce,or not, those non-mandatory exceptions, causing a situation substantially different from country to country.

Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

FEP was represented by Bent Nygaard Larsen, Member of the FEP Executive Committee and CEO of the Danish member association. “In principle, FEP is for the freedom of panorama – said Bent Nygaard Larsen – “This is an advantage for the professional photographers, it is well functioning in most European countries, and helps a large related photographic market . FEP anyway understand the point of view of the artists and of those who want as well preserve the local cultural heritage, and intend to continue with individual exceptions in single nations and local areas”.

A difficulty for the photographers may be the bureaucracy. In some countries where shooting permissions are required as long as a charge for the use of those images, it is often difficult to find the right places and authorities to obtain the permission. This course of action can be made easier introducing in the EU legislation clear indications about how and where the photographer must obtain permissions, and overall detailing rules for commercial utilizations .

“EU should consider that there is a very big difference between pictures made for leisure and personal fun, and sophisticated professional photo shoots, made for commercial purposes by professional photographers.

Foto: Bent Nygaard Larsen

But… what is actually considered commercial and non-commercial use of copyrighted material ? “, continued Bent Nygaard Larsen – A clear definition should be made, as well, specifying what “panorama” means and how significant must be artistic items in the image, to be copyrighted”.

In other words, these guidelines should bear in mind the complexity of the applications and uses of a “panorama” photograph.

Foto: FEP
http://www.europeanphotographers.eu/

“For FEP is very important that exceptions to the copyright protection in panoramic images will not bring to a deprivation of general copyrights of the artists or photographers” – commented FEP CEO Giuseppe Scozzi after the meeting – “therefore it is crucial EU to better define and detail those exceptions”.

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