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Why Photos of Eiffel Tower at Night are illegal

The first question we need to know is why it’s legal to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night.

If you browse stock footage websites, you might have noticed you can rarely find videos of the Eiffel Tower at night. And there’s a good reason for that. They’re illegal.

Copyright law gives the original creator of a thing, exclusive rights to a sale and distribution for as long as they live, plus a certain amount of time. In Pakistan, it’s 50 years in India its 60 years but in the EU and all other countries, it’s 70. We all know the Eiffel Tower located in Paris, France. It was built back in 1887, and it attracts around 7 million visitors every single year.

Obviously, many of these visitors take photos of the Eiffel Tower. But if you plan on going to the Eiffel Tower and taking a photo at night, this is technically illegal. Well, it’s all about copyright law in France. Copyright law says if you make something you own the rights to it for as long as you live and then sometime afterward.

This means the actual copyright of the Eiffel Tower expired in 1993. Which means this design and likeness is in the public domain.

So in the daytime, you’re allowed to take as many pictures as you want of the Eiffel. But at night this is impossible. That’s because the Eiffel Towers nighttime lights show as the Nighttime Light Show was added in 1985, and this means it hasn’t been 100 years to Nighttime Light Show.

It is still protected by copyright law. It’s illegal to sell or share images of the Eiffel Tower at night. However, if you had shared a photo of the Eiffel Tower night on Social media. Then Don’t worry because the Eiffel Towers copyright has never been enforced in court. Enforcing this law against millions of tourists is very unsuitable. However, if you want to sell a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night you probably should ask for permission.