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There seems to be some discussion about the copyright of images of the Atomium. see [1] & [2]. I was not aware of this before I created this page and uploaded the images. One pic is still on the English wiki, apperently the Belgium copyright law does not effect the US. Should this be a problem on Commons, this page along with the images may be removed. Joris1919 17:15, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Could you, please, add some more information about this copyright for whole Atomium. I never heard about such think first time in my life and all this seems to me unreal. Could you give here some citatiton of document (or some law???), which can give the owners such copyright. Thank you --Karelj 16:07, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Karel, take a look at Commons:Derivative work article. In general, in some countries (US, Belgium), you cannot freely publish pictures of artwork (including architecture) displayed at public places without the permission of the object's author. Violation may lead to letters like this. In Czechia and some other countries, you could do it (see de:Panoramafreiheit and §33 of Czech copyright act), but it is an exception rather than rule. So, no pictures of Atomium are allowed in Wikimedia, but many others are available on servers operating in other jurisdictions. Hope it helps. --User:Sapfan October 1, 2006

There is quite a lot of document about this. Please see
However -- there should be no problem with uploading a part of the artwork (one of the metal balls, for example), since it is the whole structure that is copyrighted.
Fred Chess 19:36, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
would still be an element of a copywrited work so I don't think you would get very far.Geni 14:44, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. You might get away with a shot inside one of the balls, but that's probably about it. The Atomium people have been very strict in making sure that no-one uses images of the Atomium without paying - it's one of the reasons the Atomium is so much less well known than, for eg, the Eifel tower. Images can be uploaded to at least some of the individual wikipedias as free-use, but not to commons until 2075, I think? At which point all these images come out of copyright and can and should be undeleted. (The designer, André Waterkeyn, died in 2005.) Ben Aveling 22:47, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

US Law[edit]

What does the US law says about this:

From this we can take that this pretended copyright isn't valid in the USA. SalomonCeb 10:24, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

No, that only applies to architectural works within the U.S. Since the Atomium is in Brussels, Belgium, U.S. law does not apply and we respect the Belgian copyright laws. howcheng {chat} 17:08, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

links dead[edit]

Neither -links do not lead to special subpages. --Itu (talk) 03:50, 28 November 2011 (UTC)