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Subject: [Leica] Paris & Tripod
From: Laurent SAMINADAYAR <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 10:47:34 +0200


in France, for a reason I could not conceive, photography is 
forbidden in public palces (railways satation for example). But you 
can ask for an authorization at the proper service of Paris mayor. 
Just a little story : a couple of month ago, journal had to pay a 
fine for he did publish photography of ... "les volcans d'Auvergne". 
The same thing happened to the magazine "Réponse Photo" because he 
published picture of the brand new "Bibliothèque François 
Mitterrand": as a creation, the architect owns the copyright for any 
picture of the building.

So the question is: in France, there is a strong attachment for the 
"propriété intelectuelle" (the equivalent of the US copyright). I am 
a university lecturer, and I'm supposed not to make any xerox copy of 
a book to give to my student. In a sense, this country is going 
crazy... All this became really dramatic after Diana's crash in 
Paris. The notions of "private life protection" and "intellectual 
property" make the work of all the photographers more and more 

Best regards,


Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 19:09:16 -0700
From: Ted Grant <>
Subject: Re: [Leica] Paris tripod rules
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Gary Klein wrote:
> Just curious Ted, did you try to use a monopod?  Would
> the tripod police have gotten on your case with that?<<<<<<<<<<

Hi Gary,

No I couldn't have used a monopod as it was early evening and I
wanted to shoot down the Champs Elysee with a time exposure for oncoming
and cross traffic creating patterns.   As far as the police getting on
my case with a monopod, I don't think they'd know what it was but they'd
put it in the "professional  photographer category" only because they
didn't know any different or better.  And say "No!"

It's easier for a cop to say "NO!" than try to think what harm is being
done.  Over there or here in North America.

> Just curious, could one get a special professional
> permit to make a photo?  Or is the rule so hard and
> fast that one can not use it in the land of the birth
> of photography?<<<<<<<<<<

I thought maybe we'd have a Paris LUG NUT who could give us the
definitive answer to the tripod question. Let's hope someone can come up
with an official Parisian answer.  Then it'd save other Luggers the time
and pain in the butt of being stopped and wasting their time.


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