This is the tower of the Railway Station in Luxembourg City, a historical building.
The tower is the main subject of the photograph, there’s no one making silly poses in front of it, it’s no stupid selfie…. and this picture, presented on my humble blog is outlawed here in Luxembourg!
But it’s not only photography of this tower that’s outlawed. You have no right to use photographs of any public buildings, where the building is the subject, and publish it unless you have the authorisation of the architect, his heirs or right holders or the owner if ever the architect is dead over 70 years, and mostly if you pay your dues to them!
Here’s an article (in french) detailing this crap: http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/luxembourg/story/Attention-si-vous-prenez-en-photo-un-b-timent-21753405
So now I’m a really bad criminal!
Great, Luxembourg. I love those absolutely stupid laws. I love how European countries like Luxembourg are actively killing photography!
Unless you are a licensed photographer, paying your dues to the architect or other, you have no business creating something, even if the buildings are supposedly PUBLIC!
Some time ago, tourists have been intercepted by security personnel of the public baths in Luxembourg / Kirchberg. They were forbidden to take pictures of the fairly recent and admittedly very photogenic building.
Now mix this with restrictions about photographing people or cars an main subject in the streets (yes, cars too as this violates the privacy of the drivers!) and what have we left?
Thank you, Luxembourg, my country!
Guess I’ll start converting to landscape photography….. unless the forests are protected too.
Thanks for reading!