The fact you probably haven't heard of something called "Freedom of Panorama" is really all that needs to be said by those of us signed up to save it.
In short, Freedom of Panorama is the right to take and share photographs in public spaces without needing permission from, for instance, architects or artists whose structures or installations are depicted in your image. It's the default status in many countries across Europe, hence it barely featuring in public awareness.
Trouble is, there's a proposal to reform Freedom of Panorama and bring all European countries in line with one another. Rather than update the laws of the few member countries which don't have such freedom, the proposal is regressive and wants to erode the freedom across the many member countries where it's already well established.
The vote to adopt these reforms takes place this Thursday, 9th July.
If the proposal succeeds, gone will be the pragmatic approach presently in place. Instead, photographers of anything other than remote landscapes or studio portraits will have to get permission from the various stakeholders of sites shown within the image. That's not gonna work, so the only other solution is to somehow mask out such features- see below for how that might turn out (but be sure to keep reading beyond the image).
The Change.org petition has gathered nearly 400k signatures in a matter of a couple of weeks, whilst MEPs have been on the receiving end of emails urging them to vote against reforms.
There's still time to add your voice to the discussion- but not much time. Please take a moment right now to
In both cases the sites do most of the work for you.