Nothing is more quintessentially Parisian than the Eiffel Tower, an icon of the French capital created out of wrought-iron lattice work designed by Stephen Sauvestre for engineers Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers employed by the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris.
The tower is named for the company's owner and the tower's original copyright holder, Gustave Eiffel.
It is probably one of the most photographed sites in the world with an average of just under seven millions tourists every year visiting the site.
But one quirk of French law you might never notice – you will never find a licensed picture of the Eiffel Tower at night.
In fact, you won’t be able to locate licensed photos or videos of on any legitimate stock website at all – thanks to a quirk of European Union copyright law that specifically applies to this depiction of the iconic landmark.
Half As Interesting explains that most nations in the world protect the original works of a creator during the creator’s lifetime plus some number of years after the creator’s death.
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