Pay per view

Interesting development, an Italian town has begun selling permits for commercial photography (Here). Apparently some locations in the USA have smaller charges.  As an amateur who occasionally sells photos I’m not sure about this. Towns have to pay bills but is commercial art so easy to police? And should it be licensed? Will they charge painters too? What about images use, taggged or linked to commercial accounts? As the article indicates, how do you identify commercial photographers? In my own town the local authority often use images of the skyline featuring buildings owned by charities and trusts that receive no recompense despite their maintenance of popular landmarks. Should the local authority pay a license for such imagery? Where will the monetising of public space end? 

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