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Atomium & Freedom of Panorama

The Atomium, a Brussels landmark, has a Twitter account and engages in copyright and more specifically Freedom of Panorama discussions. In the end it agreed that fixing copyright would make its life easier but admitted that it doesn't fully understand the rules.


  1. Vice President of the Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda calling for copyright reform.
  2. @Presroi citing from Neelie Kroes' statement.
  3. The Atomium claiming that it has given such a permission.
  4. Which is unfortunately untrue.
  5. The misunderstanding comes from defining what "commercial" and what "private" use means. Wikipedia is not a private site and its content can be used commercially. Facebook and Twitter are commercial sites.
  6. Bear with us! A few tweets in German, we're in multilingual Belgium after all.
  7. Nice, Atomium is seamlessly multilingual.
  8. Actually, it doesn't. The reason is the 2001 Information Society Directive, Article 5, Section 3, which leaves it up to the Member States to provide for exceptions and limitations, including for works of architecture located permanently in public spaces. Many European countries, including Belgium, didn't choose to allow this. Recommended read: 
  9. Subtitles: No Freedom of Panorama in Belgium.
  10. No, no, no... Yes, yes, yes...
  11. Last German tweet, we promise.
    Subtitles: Twitter and Facebook are commercial sites.