Atomium copyrights

September 23, 2005 § 3 Comments

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For those who plan travel to Belgium (or have done recently), be aware that placing a picture of the Atomium on your website will result in a copyright infringement. The is that famous building that looks like an atom. It was built for the World Expo of 1958, and is undergoing massive renovation. reports about the owner of hotel Auberge van Strombeek who now has to pay 400 euro for using an image of part of the Atomium on his website.

Sabam (the company that governs copyrights in Belgium) is actively looking at websites depicting (part of) the Atomium. For the moment, this is limited to commercial websites. But will this not get difficult? I assume we can consider to be a company with commercial intents. Everybody can post pictures on it, and with a tag search on Atomium, you easily find loads of pictures.


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