Wikipedia:Freedom of Panorama 2015

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Current scope of freedom of panorama in the countries of Europe.
The current report text would turn the map red or yellow for all EU countries. Note: this is not a map of the European Union, It is map of Europe and some of the countries shown here will not be affected by this legislation.
  OK, including works of art
  OK for buildings only
  OK for non-commercial use only
  Not OK

We have until Wednesday 1 July 2015 to convince MEPs to file an amendment.
We have until Thursday 9 July 2015 to convince MEPs to stop or amend the problematic text, that the European Parliament

16. Considers that the commercial use of photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any proxy acting for them;

There are two ways to stop this text becoming part of the adopted European Parliament report:

  1. Delete the whole passage and have the final version not mention FoP at all.
  2. Change the text to say something that would not hurt us.

Either way, we need to find 75—76 MEPs (10% of the parliament) until 1 July 2015 to sign up to an amendment proposal so it can be voted on in plenary.

This page, talkpage and associated sub-pages are a space to try to put together a campaign to do that.


Country sub-pagesEdit

Project specific sub-pagesEdit


  Discussion and proposals on c:Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Proposed messages.

Below two designs of a banner with a first suggestion of text. Romaine (talk) 04:18, 21 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A proposal in the European Parliament puts thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger of being deleted.
More information


A proposal in the European Parliament puts thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger of being deleted.
More information

The title must be something that the readers easily understand and all would agree with. For the moment, the best I can come up with is: "Photos of modern buildings must remain on Wikipedia". The line below should explain what is going on. First suggestion: "A proposal in the European Parliament puts thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger of being deleted." Please give suggestions for improvements! Romaine (talk) 04:18, 21 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Discussion and proposals on c:Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Proposed messages.
Romaine This links to a black/redlink page on Commons. Is that intentional? —Sladen (talk) 13:42, 26 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done Fixed to be to c:Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Proposed messages. —Sladen (talk) 13:57, 26 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I'd be tempted to consider: "EU law change may stop images of buildings on Wikipedia. Act now before 1 July 2015. More information" as being a bit more to-the-point and having a strong call-to-action/deadline. —Sladen (talk) 13:46, 26 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • How about: "Artists, photographers, film-makers, and Wikipedia to be banned from using photos or film from public streets that have any statues--or buildings--in them!!! Protect freedom of panorama in Europe..." ? (But, is what we're being told here too simple? Then how do Rick Steves's Europe and other travel TV shows and documentaries get by, when they film from public squares and streets in Italy, currently? By the way, you can see Rick Steves' Europe on for free, in the U.S. right now.) --doncram 21:38, 26 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The proposed banner seems strange to me. Are we then only concerned about 'photos of modern buildings'? The amendment 16 seems to be more stringent than that, including, for example, banning a painting by a Wikipedia editor of a sculpture in an old building or in a public square. Apuldram (talk) 22:47, 28 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Based on the political situation, the current plan to activate a banner for the issue Freedom of Panorama is ate the date of 2 July. Then we plan to set up a banner in multiple countries of the European Union. The banner has two purposes: informing the public and making the politicians in the European Parliament aware of this subject. The text of the banner will be written by the Wikimedia team that follows the political situation in the European Parliament in collaboration with and approval of the legal team of the Wikimedia Foundation. The banner has to fullfill the criteria of credible, compelling, accurate and has to fit in the long term strategy of the EU policy group.

Besides the banner, the team has asked the Wikimedia Foundation to come with an official statement on the subject of the situation in the European Union. Their intention is to come with an official statement on 2 july, and or a WMF blog post about this.

The official landing page of the campaign is Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015, and can be linked to with http://meta.wikipedia/wiki/saveFoP and the hashtag that can be used is #saveFoP. Romaine (talk) 10:12, 27 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Voting: outcomesEdit

Today the European Parliament voted about the copyright report, including the subject Freedom of Panorama.

  • The negative text by Cavada (Freedom of Panorama only non-commercial in whole EU) was dropped by 502 to 40.
  • The positive text by Schaake (full Freedom of Panorama in whole EU) didn't pass by 228 to 303.
  • The report as a whole was accepted with 445 to 65 with 32 abstentions.

Thanks everyone, we almost manage to achieve a full swing, which is a very tough feat to get done in 3 weeks.

What is next?
Autumn 2015: European Commission planned proposal on a renewed EU Directive.

Romaine (talk) 14:30, 9 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]