Copyrighted statues in Helsinki?
paul at boddie.org.uk
Sat Sep 5 22:55:49 UTC 2015
On Sunday 6. September 2015 00.27.54 Vitaly Repin wrote:
> I have strange problem with Wikipedia:
> I have made a photo shot of the statue installed in the public place
> in Helsinki, Finland and uploaded it to Wikipedia. But I was told that
> this statue is copyrighted (?) and there was a link to the list of
> more copyrighted objects:
I guess "Wiki Loves Monuments" isn't the whole truth after all. ;-)
> Is it a mistake or are the pieces of arts installed in Helsinki really
> copyrighted and it's not legal to make their photos and share them?
> Sounds really weird for me.
> I really want to read more about the case in Swedish or English.
This came up recently in the context of European harmonisation, and Wikipedia
provides more information on the following page:
Of course, it is absurd that someone can not merely own the design of a piece
of art - which is not in itself a troublesome thing - but can also exert
control over representations and reinterpretations of that art, especially
when the art in question has been placed in a public location and has often
been paid for by the public. And architectural works being treated as
copyrighted works - not even as trademarks - are obviously problematic given
that most of them are unlikely to be hidden from casual public viewing.
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