Why you can't take photos of the Eiffel Tower at night

Think twice before taking a pic of the Eiffel Tower at night.

Careful with your camera in Paris

The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the world’s most recognisable and photographed landmarks. But did you know it’s illegal to snap a picture of the tall tower at night?

Yep. If you’ve seen a photograph of the Eiffel Tower in its illuminated finery then chances are that pic is illegal.

According to the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel: “The views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. Permission and rights must be obtained from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel for the publication of photographs of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.”

Of course, the tower, during the daytime, is public domain, which means you can snap away like a croc chewing chickens. But at night, those lights are the property of the artist and, essentially, copyrighted to the artist.

However, while it’s technically illegal to photograph the lightshow, no one has been charged for doing so.

Still, after dark, it might be a good idea to pocket your camera if the gendarmes are around.

Have you ever taken a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night?



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    20th Jan 2018
    I have photographed the tower at night from all angles three yrs running with no problems, I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Saddest nights were when the tower went dark due to that horrific attack.3 nights later I took pictures of it lite with the red white blue.Sad eerie feeling.Paris is a wonderful city to be walked and photographed

    20th Jan 2018
    I took a lovely photo of the Eiffel Tower at night from Monmartre. The spotlights were pointed either side and showed up well because of a haze. I am not an experienced photographer so I was pleased with the result. My Australian larrikinism also makes me even more pleased now that I know I have broken the law and got away with it.
    billy boy
    20th Jan 2018
    like, who cares, the internet, is already saturated with photo's from all angles, be it day or night ;)
    20th Jan 2018
    True billy boy but none of them have my wife in them.
    20th Jan 2018
    What a sad attitude you have Billy Boy, hope you get done enjoyment in life

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