Freedom of panorama

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A photo of the Belgian national monument, the Atomium, was not allowed to be on Wikipedia
But since 15 July 2016 it is allowed

Freedom of panorama is the liberty of taking a photo/video of any object permanently placed in the public space, and being allowed to publish it. This possibility is a country specific copyright adjustment that has been implemented in many countries, but not everywhere.

Read about Freedom of Panorama in the article on Wikipedia in English, Dutch, French or German.


Current scope of freedom of panorama in Europe.     OK, including works of art     OK for buildings only     OK for non-commercial use only     Not OK
  • Application: Belgium, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain
  • Non-application: Belgium, France, Italy, Greece


  • 26 November 2015 - Freedom of Panorama proposal (source: fr)
Mailing to members of the commission of the parliament
  • 30 May 2016 - WMBE letter to members of the Commission Chambre / Commissie Kamer about Freedom of Panorama, what it means for Wikipedia and beyond, including a FAQ and brochure (fr/nl/en)
  • 31 May 2016 - Second reading in Commission Chambre / Commissie Kamer: Freedom of Panorama approved in commission (source: fr/nl)
  • 16 June 2016 - Freedom of Panorama approved by federal parliament of Belgium (85 to 42, 12 abstentions)
  • 15 July 2016 - Freedom of Panorama comes official into force in Belgium
  • 15 July 2016 - 1737 previously deleted files because of missing freedom of panorama are restored on Wikimedia Commons. An overview of the restored files can be found at this page at Commons.
  • 1 July-31 August 2017 - Wiki Loves Public Space photo contest during the first Summer freedom of panorama is in force in Belgium



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