The European Parliament scraps controversial Freedom of Panorama proposals

MEPs in the European Parliament have rejected proposals that would have placed usage rights on photos taken in public places following widespread criticism.

After consultation, the Freedom of Panorama will continue in its current form, a move welcomed by the CIPR.  The plans had received criticism from trade associations.

Alastair McCapra, CEO of the CIPR, said the European Parliament let common sense prevail.

"As a result, businesses in public relations can continue to use all forms of media in their campaigns, as well deliver against objectives through using photo-sharing and social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, without fear of breaking the law," he said.

"I’d like to congratulate the Wikipedia community on mobilising the people and businesses of Europe in fighting to protect this important freedom, and I’m pleased to see that the CIPR, PRCA, and other trade associations and professional bodies, including RIBA, are able to work together to speak out with one decisive voice."

Meanwhile, the commission will draft a proposal by the end of 2015 to modernise EU copyright law to "make it fit for the digital age". This will include reviewing existing exceptions to copyright laws and exceptions may be made for libraries so they can lend digital works to scientists so text and data can be mined.

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