Commons: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.
  OK, including works of art
  OK for buildings only
  Not OK, for non-commercial use only
  Not OK

We have until Thursday 9th July to convince MEPs (Member of the European Parliament) to stop or amend the following text, that the European Parliament is considering in a report of the Commission of Juridical Subjects on the implementation of the Directive 2001/29/EC on author's rights in the society of the information:

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 house) until 1 July to sign up to an amendment proposal so it can be voted on in plenary.


  1. We have managed to find enough MEPs from various groups to file a positive amendment affirming Freedom of Panorama. The signatures were collected with the help of mainly the Dutch, German and Estonian ALDE members.
  2. As a result of the big pressure we exercised and the fact that his own group publicly opposed him on this, Mr. Cavada has now called everyone in the European Parliament to vote to delete his wording, but also to oppose the amendment, as a compromise. It looks like there is a solid majority for this compromise.
  3. Delegations form the second largest group, the S&D, have taken public positions against the Cavada text. They have however also let us know, that they wouldn't appreciate being cornered into voting for new (ALDE) amendment. The reasons they cite are mainly of procedural nature.
  4. It would take a lot of pressure to get the positive amendment through. Such an aggressive campaign pushing for the absolute maximum this early on in the legislative process could, I am afraid, hurt our standing. Especially banners are only effective if they are used conservatively and there is an imminent threat. This threat is not given any longer, which we should all congratulate ourselves for. This is something we achieved! I want to personally thank each and every single one of the hundreds of people who worked on this.
  5. We can still push for the positive amendment by ALDE! We can do this by writing and calling our MEPs personally and ask them to vote for it. We can also do this by joining the petition, which will ask all its signatories to to do the same.
  6. What we can and should do now is invest in the contacts we established with MEPs and their assistants. Thank the ones who answered and promised to help! Invite them to a Wikipedia meet-up! Offer you expertise! Ask them to help you with FoP on the national level if you have none!
  7. Maintaining contacts is also important, as the copyright reform dossier will come to the European Parliament sometime next year. If we make friends now, it will make our lives much easier next time around.
  8. The vote on 9 July will go down as follows: First the positive amendment by ALDE will be voted on, then after that the "split" (meaning deletion) of the FoP paragraph. If the positive amendment passes, we would need the deletion to be rejected. If the positive amendment is rejected, we need the deletion to get a majority.

Today 9 July, 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.

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


Country / regional sub-pages[edit]

Project specific sub-pages[edit]


  • Regarding any questions, requests or needs please contact or @dimi_z at any time!

Campaign ideas[edit]

  • Communication campaign to MEPs -- see eg the Signpost piece
  • Pull together key bullet points
  • Gather a library of letters and responses here
  • Make it visual: Blacked-out buildings, see: Category:Censored by lack of FOP & Category:Blacked out versions of images relying on CDPA s62
    • From every European country some remarkable buildings blacked out (both EU and European Free Trade Association (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, ...)
    • Screenshots from Wikipedia articles with blacked-out images.
    • Postcards of blacked-out buildings, monuments or sculptures, so that people can send them to their MEPs
    • Similar images of local features, that people can try to encourage local newspapers to run
  • Reach out to other organisations, to encourage them to take and state a position
  • Create single-issue campaign website(s), to present the case, track news and developments, and provide a single place to find statements from all organisations
  • Create pages on Meta and Wikipedias, like Wikipedia:SOPA
  • What about an temporary addition to every {{FOP}}-template used here on Commons: "This image is in danger, because..."
    • The SOPA/PIPA blackout of Wikipedia was an amazingly effective piece of online campaigning. Blacking out all {{FOP}} images for a day would be really effective, even if only on EU-national-language wikis.
      • I like this idea. Let's black out all FOP images for viewers inside EU for a few days. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:42, 21 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Actually, a proportional reaction would be not a general blackout, but a blackout of images. On the other hand, in the countries without FoP, non-commercially permissible images are uploaded locally, so we'd need a technical support in local Wikipedias, as Commons would not suffice. --Oop (talk) 09:15, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • I voted in favor of banner but I like the idea of both. Pull the images and put up banners explaining why. Wikimandia (talk) 07:59, 24 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • A clear statement from WMF that, as a non-EU corporation with no staff inside the EU, we will not adhere to the proposed FOP restrictions would be very newsworthy.
      • I sincerely doubt WMF would do that. They're trying to be legally as correct as possible, and statements like "we're going to ignore your laws" might jeopardize the whole project. --Oop (talk) 09:15, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • What about recruit signatures at or similar site? Or we could make a page on META...
  • Create a flyer to put in post boxes of MEPs.
  • Make an study, how that could affect to mass media companies? Newspapers and TVs couldn't use that images without permission??
  • Try to find out if the Committee for Culture and Education could help by publishing an "Opinion" (see talk page for details)
  • Work with other interested groups — members of EDRi, for instance. Open Rights Group (GB) have already been informed, but so should other EDRi members and equivalent organisations across the EU — La Quadrature du Net (FR), Chaos Computer Club (DE), Digital Rights Ireland (IE), Bits of Freedom (NL) for example — and organisations like Creative Commons.
  • Spreading leaflets and posters like this: might be cool around EU. --Aktron (talk) 09:41, 20 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • A list of blogs, where the involved blog owners and bloggers can add every related blogpost, article, picture, related to the problem? If they use RSS in the blog - this should go automatically to the public.


2rightarrow (Nuvola colors).svg Discussion and proposals on /Proposed messages.

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

Wikipedia blackout

A proposal in the European Parliament brings thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger.
More information


Wikipedia blackout

A proposal in the European Parliament brings thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger.
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 brings thousands of images on Wikipedia in danger." Please give suggestions for improvements! Romaine (talk) 04:18, 21 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2rightarrow (Nuvola colors).svg Discussion and proposals on /Proposed messages.

Twitter campaign[edit]

I have moved the following idea to its own subsection.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How about we create copypastable tweets at /Twitter campaign, and list relevant hashes, including those for MEPs? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Great idea; I might be able to work on that some this evening. — OwenBlacker (talk) 17:04, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Email campaign[edit]

How about we draft and translate emails about this issue, so others can just copypaste them rather than invent their own? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Let's collect drafts at /Email campaign.

There is a proposal (in spanish) here, but if someboy add it to the translation tool we can translate it to other languages and make it best. Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 12:22, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is another letter (in catalan) here, by Davidpar. Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 22:09, 24 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have translated and adapted the catalan letter at /Email campaign in spanish, there is an english translation too, but it needs a review. Please, review the text to get a final document to send to the communities. Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 00:49, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Urgent! Please do not ask the users/public to send the same message, MEPs notice that and then they do not work any more. Please point users who want to write an MEP to this page for instructions: Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Mail your MEP. Romaine (talk) 01:14, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, I have translated that text to spanish on Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Mail your MEP/es and Galician on Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Mail your MEP/gl (only the part for countries with FoP like Spain). Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 08:22, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MEP contact information[edit]

How about we try to make it easy for people to find their MEPs contact information? Also, we should create a list of important MEPs. What I mean by important - those that are in the right commissions, etc. I was reading some related forums (in Polish) and some people say that some MEPs are much more important to contact then others. Any comments on that appreciated. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:01, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Singpost piece mentioned that
for maximum impact please contact each of your local MEPs and ask them to communicate your concern to the MEP responsible for co-ordinating their group position on the matter—in the UK, for example, this would be Sajjad Karim (on-side?) for the Conservatives, or Mary Honeyball (wobbly?) for Labour
I'm not clear whether they are coordinating just UK MEPs' positions or all of ECR and S&D, though. Jheald might know…
OwenBlacker (talk) 10:38, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Useful links:

  • [2] Official EU parliament MEP listing by country, seems to have their twitter but I don't see other contact info?
MEP contacts:
    • The parliamentary email of each MEP is in format - for example: or
    • When you click on the link [3] - choose country, choose name and on the right side of each MEP there is a list with contacts: as in the examle for Cavada - E-mail, Website, Facebook, Twitter
  • [4] This listing of EU MEPs by country seems to have their phone and email info
  • For UK residents, WriteToThem provides a postcode lookup to tell you who your MEPs are and to let you contact one or all of them gratis.
  • Letter send from Amical Wikimedia to all MEPs representing Catalan areas.

Go to m:Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015/Contact your MEP to easily Tweet or find the e-mail address.

Responses from MEPs[edit]

  • Claude Moraes (Labour / S&D, London) wrote back to a friend of mine. He is supportive of our arguments and said that Labour MEPs do not support the part of this report dealing with Freedom of Panorama, and are tabling further amendments. ... We will work to make sure photographers' concerns are reflected in the final report that will be put to MEPs on July 9.OwenBlacker (talk) 14:28, 24 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/cat#MEPs
  • Sabine Verheyen, German MEP, speaker for the EPP (EVP) group in the EP committee for culture (CULT), today wrote in her reply to my mail from June 18th, that her group (EPP/EVP) intends to "protect artists of work in public space from commercial use of their works with prior authorisation". This is exactly the position of MEP Cavada. She also wrote that the Legal Affairs committee considers the restriction to non-commercial of photos of works permanently installed in public space an European solution for the differences between national rules for freedom of panorama. So, an extremely disappointing reply. --Túrelio (talk) 21:55, 27 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Considering that she is an architect by profession...
    I thing I am going to contact here next week, trying to convice here that, what she considers a protection for artists, in reality is a huge downturn for the vast majority of the creative industrie, because without FoP even architects wouldn't be allowed to publish photos of their works in an urban envirement, when any other building is visible. // Martin K. (talk) 10:45, 28 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Marietje Schaake proposed the following amendment to the report "Recognises the right to use photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in public places.".--AWossink (talk) 13:50, 2 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/es#MEPs_and_results_of_contacts_with_MEPs
  • William Dartmouth (UKIP / EFDD, South West England) has said he will oppose the amendment, calling it "a completely absurd and impractical proposal". Molly Scott Cato (Green / Greens-EFA, South West England), has also said she will oppose it, and talked about the report and amendment in the context of the upcoming revision to EU copyright laws. The other four South-West MEPs (2 Tory, 1 Labour, 1 UKIP) have not replied yet. ‑‑mjgilsonT 18:16, 6 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Update: Clare Moody (Labour / S&D) has replied, saying "the Labour Party will vote against any amendment which negatively affects the current UK provisions on Freedom of Panorama", as well as again talking about the big picture of the upcoming EU copyright reforms. Julie Girling (Conservative / ECR) has also replied, saying she will "oppose any measure that aims to prevent freedom of panorama in the UK". ‑‑mjgilsonT 14:55, 7 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Country-specific leaflets and copypastable emails[edit]

I think we should create leaflets with stories, like the one at Commons_talk:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/Proposed_messages#Idea. And I think we should link all materials per country at at Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/Proposed_messages#Resources_for_localized_banners_and_messages to keep it in one place. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 03:54, 23 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

E-mails should not be copied, that does not work. It is better if everyone writes a personal mail. Advice on what you can add to a page can be found at Commons:Freedom of Panorama 2015/Mail your MEP. Romaine (talk) 19:06, 27 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]



Donation to Wikipedia, from Werner Huth

PanoramFree1 E.jpg PanoramFree2 E.jpg PanoramFree3 E.jpg

--Markus (talk) 18:33, 27 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WOW. Nice. --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:48, 2 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Participants (by country)[edit]

For resources by country, please see Commons:Freedom_of_Panorama_2015/Proposed_messages#Resources_for_localized_banners_and_messages.

Please sign up below if you want to be involved or can do anything to help; and also add anything you have done, are doing, or are about to do, so we can all inspire each other.

Not defined country[edit]


  • Liberaler Humanist I have initiated the protest action against SOPA/PIPA in the German Wikipedia. If there are no objections, i would try to organize a similar campaign again.



  • Vodnokon4e - I,ve created blogpost and translated the coordination page in Bulgarian. Prepared list with contacts of Bulgarian MEPs. Prepared text for bulgarian MEPs and their contacts, waiting for banners to involve more people.

Catalan areas[edit]

  • --Davidpar (disc.) 18:37, 18 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • --Coentor (talk) 15:06, 27 June 2015 (UTC) Contacted by personalised direct letter MEP from Verts/ALE and GUE/NGL groups. Got affirmative response from the Podemos political party and Compromís. I'm trying to contact MEP from other parties (Popular and Socialist).Reply[reply]

Czech Republic[edit]



  • May translate a message from English to French. JJ Georges (talk) 15:41, 22 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Je suis francophone aussi, mais (encore) pas comme langue maternelle. Si je peux aider en français, n'hésitez pas à m'demander. J'ai écrit une article à Medium que j'ai donné à la domaine publique ; j'aimerais bien si qq'un veut la traduire en français et la républier ;o) — OwenBlacker (talk) 12:46, 23 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • I saw your article on medium, that's why I'm here. Thanks for your quick reaction ! (BTW, I'm in London too) Zeugma fr (talk) 20:05, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Zeugma fr : fait, une relecture est bienvenue.
      • Done, let me know if there is anything else I may do. JJ Georges (talk) 16:52, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • Bonjour, je suis quasiment entièrement d'accord avec tes modifications (en mon for intérieur : "Dieu ! Que je perds ma langue maternelle !"). J'ai juste un point de désaccord (that I will expose in english so it can be discussed) :
        • in paragraph "It is not the public space that enters the author’s atelier.", I think that the original meaning is as such :
        • "the author" is appropriating public space to make it its atelier.
        • Your translation changes slightly this meaning in (in my opinion/interpretation) :
        • "public space" is invading author's atelier, making it public too, and robbing the author of its rights.
        • That's why I originally rephrased. Any idea ? Thx a lot en tous cas, Zeugma fr (talk) 20:05, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          • Zeugma fr : Les métaphores ne fonctionnent pas de la même manière dans toutes les langues. Il est possible que j'ai mal compris le sens de l'expression en anglais. Je viens de refaire la phrase, en espérant avoir mieux saisi le sens général (si je me suis encore planté, il ne faut pas hésiter à me "rewriter"). JJ Georges (talk) 21:10, 25 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
          • @Zeugma fr: Je viens de lire ton réponse à moi ; m'excuse de ne pas avoir répondu plus tôt ! :o) — OwenBlacker (talk) 22:16, 28 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See also


Main Page:

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Involved users on de-WP:


  • --FocalPoint (talk) 09:38, 21 June 2015 (UTC) - I informed the facebook followers of "Contributing to Greek Wikipedia" page [5]Reply[reply]
  • --Geraki TLG 11:41, 22 June 2015 (UTC) - Wrote to K. Crysogonos, Greek MEP - member of Committee of Legal Affairs, preparing another text for the rest of MEPs, will translate landing page and banner.Reply[reply]
  • --Glavkos I wrote a message to D. Papadimoulis, Greek MEP on EU Parliament. I am willing to write e-mail letters to all Greek and Cyprous MEP's until the end of the month. We have an ongoing discussion on that in the Greek Village Pump.
Update: I got a response for MEP D.Papadimoulis that he will get informed about the issue and I send additional links to him. Today also I send hard copies (about 15) to all Greek and Cyprian MEP's on Euro-Parliament (the selection includes all the political parties that are represented there). I will start the email campaign next week, as we have time for that. A public letter is a very good idea and I will try to involve in that the el.wp community the next days. Cheers!!!--Γλαύκος shoot it 18:04, 26 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]




  • User:Piotrus let me know Polish MEPs emails and I'll try to draft an email in Polish and share it here so others have an easier time!



  • Elisardojm (talk). I can traslate texts to spanish and galician. I have sent an email to the 54 MPEs of Spain. I'll try to get support from cultural entities next week and some mass media.
  • Hispalois (talk). I am relocating to Brussels next week. I can also translate between English, French and Spanish.
  • Millars I can translate and spread messages in Spanish and Catalan. WMES is working on social networks and will contact MEPs and other associations.
  • B25es (talk) 05:48, 21 June 2015 (UTC) All 54 Spanish MEPs have recieved a personal email from me, with this text. I'll think more activities.Reply[reply]


  • Julle (talk) Created, working on a media strategy with the Swedish chapter.


Esperanto / Esperanto kaj Libera Scio[edit]


Outside the EU[edit]

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