Yesterday, in the European Parliament, MEPs voted to reject an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments – including the Bristol Science Museum.
UKIP MEPs opposed the amendment at the European Parliament which could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as the Angel of the North and the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.
Jean -Marie Cavada, the French MEP who was pushing the now rejected amendment is an ally in the European Parliament of the LibDems.
He is also head of the European Movement France, an organisation in part-funded by the EU to lobby for an increase in powers for Brussels. His counterpart in the European Movement UK is Laura Sandys, a former Conservative MP.
If the amendment had passed it would have meant the restriction would be on any monument, sculpture or building protected by the 70 year copyright period.
Typical of favourite shots around Britain that would be hit by this French-inspired ban would be the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (North East), the Cavern Club in Liverpool (North West), the National Railway Museum in York (Yorks and Humberside), the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Dartford (east of England), the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden in Wales, the International Convention Centre in Birmingham (W Mids), the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (E Mids), the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth (SE,) the Bristol Science Museum (SW) and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.
Julia Reid, UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said: “This amendment, proposed by Jean-Marie Cavada, a French MEP, was rejected quite rationally because it was ridiculous in the extreme.
“Why was the European Parliament even considering such a silly proposal? If people wish to takes selfies or photos in front of their favourite monuments or buildings, surely the EU should not have the power to take it away from them.”