Freedom of Panorama in America

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Anna
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Freedom of Panorama in America

Post by Anna » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:46 am

I'm wondering if I can shoot video footage of America's architectural works in public places and publish the clips online none-commercially.

American copyright law:17 USC 120(a) ( http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#120). The definition of "Pictorial Representations" is unclear to me. Is shooting video footage included? Can anyone please help me?

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Post by AndyJ » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:37 pm

Hi Anna,

Moving images or video would constitute pictorial representations. Furthermore under the US doctrine of fair use, making a video of a building is likely to constitute 'transformation' and so, unless the other factors involved in assessing fair use went in favour of the architect (which I can't see happening), your video would not be infringing.
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Post by Anna » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:44 pm

Hi Andy,

Thank you so much!

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