The image of the Atomium is protected and can only be used under certain conditions.
The image of the Atomium, which has considerable symbolic value, was formerly protected by its creator, the late engineer André Waterkeyn. The not-for-profit organisation Atomium asbl aims to ensure that this image is not misrepresented, distorted or used in a negative context.
The rights to use images of the Atomium are managed by SABAM and by Atomium asbl, as appointed by André Waterkeyn and subsequently by his trustees. Any usage of the image of the Atomium must therefore be submitted for approval to Atomium asbl prior to publication.
André Waterkeyn died in 2005. In accordance with the legislation whereby a work is protected for a period of 70 years after the demise of its creator, the image of the Atomium is protected by copyright until 2075.
Any individual may use the image of the Atomium; a request for authorisation must firstly be submitted to Atomium asbl or to SABAM, and the image must meet the following conditions :
the image of the Atomium is not to be used in a negative context (in relation to racist or anti-democratic slogans, and so on).
the image of the Atomium is not to be misrepresented, distorted or inappropriately used (for example, it may not be shown being destroyed in an explosion).
A copyright fee is payable when the image of the Atomium is reproduced, the amount depending on the particular usage made. These charges may be found on the SABAM website