Thibault Camus

As if the EU didn't already have enough to worry about

June 29, 2015

If the EU has its way, no one will be able to take selfies in front of any iconic European landmarks starting as early as next week. No one can blame them. Given the bad tourist behavior we've seen of late (here's to looking at you, naked tourist Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, cathedral-damaging drone wielders, and statue-defacing selfie takers), this doesn't come as a total surprise.

The law would prohibit selfie-takers from posting photos on social media that include public buildings without first getting the copyright owner's permission. Those who disobey could face jail time. The proposal is more focused on keeping commercial photographers honest, but extends to travelers around the world. That being said, there is one way to get around this could-be law: Photos containing landmarks can be used on social media as long as the iconic site is blacked out of the shot to avoid misusing the work of architects or artists.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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