Eiffel Tower: Copyrighted!

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The Eiffel Tower's likeness had long since been part of the public domain, when in 2003, it was abruptly repossessed by the city of Paris. That's the year that the SNTE, the company charged with maintaining the tower, adorned it with a distinctive lighting display, copyrighted the design, and now claims ownership of the nighttime image of France's most famous icon. Then again, goofy tactics like this are ancient history to American corporations such as Disney who is almost single-handedly responsible for the crippling of public domain rights.



 

 

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