Do I need permission to sell photos of a famous building?

I live in Blackpool and have taken pictures of various attractions from the resort including the Blackpool Tower. If I was to want to sell prints of such attractions would I need to get permission from the attraction?

Phil Morris on April 11, 2012

Sorry Phil, I do not know the law in the U.K. (even though I’m British). In the U.S. you can generally sell prints of landmark buildings if the photos are of public viewpoints (see the landmark case about The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). However, microstock companies maintain long lists of buildings that they will not accept photos of, due to property rights, trademark and copyright issues. For example, the lighting design of the Eiffel Tower has a copyright so night photos are not accepted. I am not aware of any issues specifically about the Blackpool Tower.

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