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Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal

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Half as Interesting (1 year ago)
To clarify, just because you can find an image on Google doesn't mean it's legal. This law is very loosly enforced but still is a law.
Oily B (1 month ago)
M Lau (3 months ago)
Palpatine: I will make it legal.
Mister GG (4 months ago)
so https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORfbeJHAifs
göccigäng (4 months ago)
loosely not loosly
Jorge Afonseca (4 months ago)
You're using American judicial tradition to a French legal system *insert meme* "that's not how this works... That's not how any of this works"
Kerbin (1 day ago)
BREAKING NEWS Some random madman took a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, escaped with an getaway car. Police are investigating.
The freezer Guy (2 days ago)
1:25 look at the comments
Le mec (3 days ago)
Hi. I’m a worker of the architect compagnie of Paris and the video and photos are LEGAL LEGAL LEGAL
some ramdom person (3 days ago)
Is no one going to talk about what the Animator said?
STELLAFELLA (5 days ago)
Can i copyright me?
krak_a_lak (7 days ago)
So you would actually just have your video demonetized? CLICKBAIT!
Kenneth Ivan Marohom (8 days ago)
Just wonderin. How come you have these footage if It is said to be illegal?? 🤔🤔🤔
Tonia Davis (8 days ago)
EU is a mess now they are straight up arresting people for takin photos.
Jody Royee (8 days ago)
I’ll be on my 4th visit and always getting great pics of Le Tour d’Eiffel from Le Ciel de Paris at night No worries 😉
Al Quinn (8 days ago)
yet another reason the anti-freedom french regime must be punished
user name (10 days ago)
Because they're fucking retarded
Vex (10 days ago)
How to bypass this on YouTube Say I LOVE THE EIFELL TOWER AT NIGHT! *fair use*
Photios (10 days ago)
It's unfortunate in my humble opinion that France doesn't permit freedom of panorama for photography and video. Amending the law in 2016 to permit non-commercial uses was a step in the right direction, but that still leaves a huge grey area in the age of commercial social media platforms, monetized videos, ad supported blogs and so forth. It's nice to be able to legally snap a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night for one's photo album, but unfortunately, it still seems to be illegal to shoot a vlogging video showing the nighttime lighting display on the Tower and upload it to a monetized YouTube channel. Although the video said that nobody has thus far gone to jail over public photography and videos, one has to be concerned about the possibility of selective enforcement. For example, if a video of a "Yellow Vest" protest emerges that the French government doesn't like, they would have grounds to prosecute the person who shot the footage for copyright infringement if it incidentally happens to feature a copyrighted building or publicly visible work of art in the background.
Dark Matter (11 days ago)
I mite be a bad person... Thinking about taking pictures of the Eiffel tower at night I don't know..
Jack Murohy (12 days ago)
What about how Disney extends their time to fight the public domain, how does that work?
Daniel Villalobos (12 days ago)
Fuck that dumb law, and fuck these pretend-monkeys called humans that pretend they're intelligent. Hint: developing technologies to blow everything up sky-high and destroy the planet's ecosystem is not actually a sign of intelligence, and neither is that petty bullshit nonsense of a law (like so many other things the pretend-monkeys do).
Jumbomuffin13 (12 days ago)
Copyright is a good thing if you create something but bloody disgusting if you can’t share your opinion of it cuz the creator is still live and I probably won’t get to share it additional 70 years after that dude dies
Hayk Ghazaryan (12 days ago)
Bouncer: How tough are ‘ya? Me: I’ve taken photos of the Eiffel Tower. Bouncer: Yeah, so? Me: _at night_ Bouncer: *uh right this way*
I LiKe PiGeoNs (11 days ago)
Hayk Ghazaryan 🤣
Leaf47 (12 days ago)
Can we at least, take these photos and upload them for fair use?
Photios (10 days ago)
Obviously if you are a citizen of France, you have to abide by French copyright law. There are certain exceptions involving private and academic uses of copyrighted material that don't require authorization, but the broad scope of "fair use" permitted in American law doesn't exist in France. This creates an interesting situation that could easily arise if a tourist from the United States or another country that permits freedom of panorama for photography snaps a photo or makes a video of the Eiffel Tower at night. Upon returning to their home country, they proceed to sell or monetize their own photo or video in violation of French law (but not in violation of their home country's law). I recall reading a case involving an American artist who made a copy of a statue by a deceased French artist which had fallen into the public domain in the U.S. The estate of that artist objected to the quality of the reproduction and filed a lawsuit in France claiming that artist's moral rights were infringed. Because the United States does not recognize moral rights in public domain works, the copyist never actually had to face a court because he had broken no American law, despite the plaintiff having made an attempt to extradite him to France to stand trial. The French court rejected that request because he was not a French citizen and so the court had no jurisdiction to extradite him. These kinds of legal issues can get complicated due to differences in the law between one country and another.
Freidheim of Prussia (12 days ago)
Just screenshot an online photo
Freidheim of Prussia (12 days ago)
Oh my god it's just a photo
But not showing it on youtube
ken lopaz (14 days ago)
IV seen alot of videos of it at night esp every single newyears
Orlos The Druid (14 days ago)
...kill all the lawyers first....
RC Studios (15 days ago)
Im watching this in France on vacation and I just saw rhe Eiffel tower and took a pic at night...
Cemal Celik (15 days ago)
Rush hour 3 scene at eiffel tower?
Sean Webb (15 days ago)
I think maybe you don't understand the applicable law and if it falls under civil law or criminal law.
Douglas MacArthur (15 days ago)
Looks like I've broken some laws.
Jessica Garcia (18 days ago)
Ha fbi is going for u ass
Halo9064 (18 days ago)
Damm my mimecraft builds are illegal
Chra Dizayee (18 days ago)
LOOOL shut up man. I’ve been to Paris three times and I got so many pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night
Ivan Sullivan (20 days ago)
So the big picture of the Eiffel Tower night scene in my room is contraband then ha ha skip the drugs and look at that instead
Crim Sin (20 days ago)
Reading the comment on the Verge bought here LOL
Chase (20 days ago)
I’m going to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower and post it online as a massive “fuck you” to France
Project Mk4 8v Turbo (21 days ago)
Copyrights are an issue when you are monetizing or making money from whatever copywritten item.
BigWave (22 days ago)
I’m going to Paris tomorrow and you bet your ass I’m gonna test this theory now. Printing out flyers and everything
John Sven (23 days ago)
but what if I take photo without illumination and then photoshop the lights on?
MXNI (23 days ago)
I took pics and videos under the Eiffel Tower at night and saw many others doing it, but no one told us off lol
MarufTIM (23 days ago)
Just take it at dawn.
Eugene Fishgalov (23 days ago)
2:54 nope – not after that: at least for continental legal systems count after death of the last of the actual authors – no mater if they sold the material component of the authorship right or not.
ss sport (24 days ago)
So far just talking ilegal? How about, money talk?
Chrissy The Conqueror (24 days ago)
1:25 why's your Google profile picture blue? HAI predicted the Sudan solidarity movement!
Magnus Vestergaard (24 days ago)
That "speaking of *sponsor* was more smooth that Linus has ever been, well done!
Max Kazakov (24 days ago)
Eiffel tower at night illegal huh? Tell that to the Men In Black. Like the comment if you got the joke
cheapbooks (25 days ago)
this video is 100% wrong. it is not illegal to take photos of the eiffel tower at night. the copyright for the light show is for the show. if you take a photo of a light show, you have created a new artistic work that has its own copyright protection. the copyright protects the artistic work (the photo) not what is within the photo. your source is wrong. people can legally take photos of almost anything. the copyright holder is the person who owns the photo. the copyright of the eiffel tower light show only protects them form other people making light shows, it does not protect them from people taking photos of the light show, videos, paintings, drawings, etc.
Stephon TheDon (25 days ago)
You could go to jail, yeah right bruh stop being pussy its a picture
Nancy Alnajafie (26 days ago)
I thought this was a simple history video
Isaac does stuff (27 days ago)
so my brother broke the law....
Jazzy jt (27 days ago)
Why can't almost never see photos of the Eiffel Tower at night
BigMac Vak (28 days ago)
Hey i think nah cause our african tv show shows it all the time.
TRAS̸H DØVE (28 days ago)
Finally, a country with public photography laws worse than Germany
Choppytehbear1337 (28 days ago)
So, EU copyright is just retarded?
Stario (29 days ago)
its 2019 france, let it go
Lata Kiri (29 days ago)
If the lights in Eiffel Tower were installed in 1985 then you can get the images for commercial use after 2055. SMART.ME.
Oui Oui (29 days ago)
As a french I can assure you that no one ever got in trouble for taking pics of the Eiffel tower at night 🤷🏼‍♂️
brandon paul (1 month ago)
France is fucking dumb
Madu Croco (1 month ago)
Thats just stupid
Angelique rules! (1 month ago)
Bruh there are photos of the Eiffel Tower on google.
Ismaila Jagne Narr (1 month ago)
OK since you can't take a picture then take a video.. 🙄
a bundle of bananas (1 month ago)
Fuck you article 13 (Yes I know this video was posted before article 13 was a thing, but still fuck article 13)
HSandrw (1 month ago)
So stupid
BronzeBobCat (1 month ago)
This is such bullshit
Jack Tweedale (1 month ago)
All the ads I can think of: Squarespace, Skillshare, Wix, and Brilliant
Fortnite Perfect (1 month ago)
Congrats on 1mil
Min Taboo (1 month ago)
Taehyung: *takes a selca with the Eiffel Tower at night and posts it on twitter* Me: *shocked pikachu face* :o
funny men (1 month ago)
1 million Congratulations
Bot :P (1 month ago)
wait... the UK isnt part of the EU :P
Zes (1 month ago)
no such thing as viewx or intersx or not
Vinayak Ohri (1 month ago)
The Green brothers will be fine
Wolv-kid Wolv-kid (1 month ago)
then why is there eiffel tower was filmed in Rush hour 3?
Brice Triplett (1 month ago)
anyone else slow the vid down and pause it to read what the animator said? No, just me? You goshdarned sillyhead
Insert Name Here (1 month ago)
Of course, it is really interesting to know the top badger of the BSA is the animator of this Youtbe channel
john1701q (1 month ago)
OK France, next time we let the Germans keep you.
Auxence Fromont (1 month ago)
I am in paris and the effeil tower is lit at this exact time XD
No content Gamer (1 month ago)
Doc Brown (1 month ago)
You e-mail it to your friend who has an account on the dark web, then posts it on his FB page so you can say you got it off FB. I know still not legal but it's like the US gov money laundering billions every year thru bogus firms and 3rd world nations, ask all the rich politicians they have tons of off shore accounts. Not to mention how much drugs, weapons and etc the US sells daily, makes the cartels look like Girl Scouts selling cookies. Next time I talk to some friends in France I'll have em take a pic of it at night.
LuliGamertv (1 month ago)
You have been copywrited XDDD
Cola Bend (1 month ago)
Well shit hope my phone doesn’t get confiscated anytime soon
Lupanescence (1 month ago)
0:40 It's 'What the (frick) did you just say to me you little (poop)" XD
Lupanescence (1 month ago)
Top 10s has also made a recent video about this (published May 20, 2019). They might have been copying you, but maybe you just had the same idea.
Dream big Live well (1 month ago)
3:11 for a quick answer
your boi (1 month ago)
What happens if I photoshop it
Matthew Johnson (1 month ago)
This is so ridiculous
omar (1 month ago)
shit ima criminal XD
Marx The Jester (1 month ago)
Because the Eiffel tower is sleeping
Haser (1 month ago)
Me : what are you in for? Inmate : murdering 2 people what about you Me : taking pictures of Eiffel tower
I LiKe PiGeoNs (11 days ago)
Haser xD
Te a (1 month ago)
Tourist: takes a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night Eiffel Tower: I’m about to end this man’s whole career
MITALI VAIDYA (1 month ago)
BTS going to jail then sakdjaskdj
TheNerdyDinogaming (1 month ago)
In Prison Me: Why did you go to prison? Inmate: Uhm taking Pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night Me: Wait Wha-.....?
Edvinuziukas xoxox (1 month ago)
So I'm criminal--fun
iProgramInCpp (1 month ago)
Copyrighting buildings is a very retarded thing to do.
? (1 month ago)
Who else immediately went onto google and searched up ‘photos of the Eiffel Tower at night’?
notice me senpai (1 month ago)
Lol me
London Transport Guy (1 month ago)
How ridiculous
Alan Olan (1 month ago)
I have a thousand photos of the eiffel tower from my trip to france and i had posted them on A FUCKING ton of them on my social medias, this is shit tho
Coulson Rawlins (1 month ago)
Wait... Did MatPat watch this video?
asdf (1 month ago)
This gotta be the most retarded video I have ever watched that got 8 million views.
Jet Engnexd (1 month ago)
France is actually retarded.
OMGPrincessBroadway ! (1 month ago)
Oh my god I have pictures of the tower at night and it’s in Facebook!! Oh god
Hannes St (1 month ago)
what a bs. who cares?

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