So, here's something not quite new or shocking among Parisians, but a head-scratcher for all the people in the world. Apparently, the Eiffel Tower's been copyrighted when the lights are up in the night sky.
No, this doesn't mean you can't take an image of the Tower at all -- you just can't exercise your "freedom of panorama" at night.
That said, it's illegal to shoot photos and videos of the tower at night.
A blurb from Metro News:
"Technically taking the picture is also illegal, but it’s the sharing part that will land you in hot water. If you want to publish the image to social media you must gain permission from the ‘Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel’ (the Eiffel Tower’s operating company)."
You have probably noticed already the lack of Eiffel Tower night shots in stock sites, and it's because the European Union copyright law protects an artistic work (could be in the form of a photo, video, song, or building) during the life of the artist, plus 70 years more.
Yes, the Tower's been erected long ago, and has entered the public domain in 1993... but the lights at night weren't installed until 1985, which is still considered artistic work.
Allow this video to explain further the reasons of this unique law.
Preview image was taken from the video.