Copyrighted statues in Helsinki?

Vitaly Repin vitaly_repin at
Wed Sep 9 08:54:57 UTC 2015


Thanks a lot for clarification.  But then why some of the copyrighted
statues are published in Wikipedia?

 It's the whole list of them. With photos.

Is there a way to upload a photo of statue without breaking the
legislation? E.g., with specific restrictions. It looks like there is
but I can't understand how.

Is it possible to organize "Wiki loves monuments" campaign
( in Finland?  It looks
like it is legal to upload only photo of buildings, not monuments?

2015-09-06 11:21 GMT+03:00 Reinhard Müller <reinhard at>:
> > This came up recently in the context of European harmonisation, and Wikipedia
> > provides more information on the following page:
> >
> >
> ... and even more information here:
> In short: the creator of a piece of art generally holds copyright
> (actually more like "author's right") on the work, and distribution of
> any reproduction of the work (like a photograph of it) requires his/her
> consent. In many countries, there is an exception for works in public
> places, which is called "Freedom of Panorama".
> In Finland, the exception only covers
> a) buildings and
> b) other works only for non-commercial purposes.
> Since Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons explicity require permission to
> use for commercial uses, too, b) can't be applied for Commons.
> I guess we all consider this a rather stupid rule, however there are
> coutries where it's far worse, for example in France.
WBR & WBW, Vitaly

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