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Old 11-08-2005, 01:56 AM
DiaAzul DiaAzul is offline
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Default Re: No tripod shots in Paris ?

Couple of things as far as I understand them to be correct:

1/ In the hospital you are on private property and, as a general rule, you need to abide by the rules of the property owner with respect to use of a tripod (or even the ability to take pictures). This is not just particular to France or the hospital, but is typical of any country where you are on private property.

2/ Taking the UK as an example. A property owner who allows public access to their property automatically becomes liable for any accidents, injuries or deaths which may occur on their property as a result of negligent action. An example of negligent action would be failing to maintain emergency access/exits clear of obstructions at all times. It is usually under the latter that tripods are forbidden on private property. If the property owner provides a permit or license for you to use a tripod then there are usually a list of rules which need to be complied with to ensure that health and safety standards are maintained at all times. NB In the UK we have probably the strongest health and safety regulations in the world.

3/ On public streets a similar principle applies in that the local authority may become liable if you cause an accident by virtue of using a tripod. To this extent most urban local authorities forbid the use of tripods on the public streets or require a permit/license to be obtained. Under such conditions the local authority can discharge any liability under the legal system (i.e. if you cause an accident, then the local authority can defend themselves against being sued for not ensuring the streets are safe).

4/ Notwithstanding the above, there are hundreds of people a year who use tripods on the streets of Paris. Provided you do not cause an obstruction, accident or injury to anyone then you are unlikely to be bothered. If you are likely to be an obstruction (i.e. doing a commercial photoshoot) then you will need a permit so that you do not get moved on by the police.

5/ The Eiffel Tower itself is not copyrighted, however, the sparkling lights (which are classified as an art installation) are copyrighted. Therefore, provided you are taking a picture of the Eiffel Tower from public property then there are no restriction on photo usage. However, if you are taking pictures from the land under the Eiffel Tower (private property) or of the sparkling lights (not the general lighting) then you will need a property release form to use the images commercially. If you are using the pictures for personal use then no-one is going to bother too much.
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