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The copyright law is a red herring.

There shouldn't be any copyright requested or registered, and if one was awarded automatically, the state could have re-released it into the public domain.

The "copyright law" merely helps enforce this -- it doesn't dictate a monument should have a copyright, nor that the owner of the copyright should ask for money for taking pictures of it.

The state can't release it into the public domain, because the state doesn't hold the copyright. The artist, Pierre Bideau does.

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