- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Visitors to Newport will soon be allowed to take photos inside some of the city’s famous Gilded Age mansions for the first time.

The Preservation Society of Newport County is allowing visitors to The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House to take interior photographs using smartphones.

The society says it’s relaxing its policy due to the explosion of social media and the lessening of artistic copyright concerns.

The photos must be for personal, non-commercial use. Selfie sticks, flash photography and tripods aren’t permitted.

Other cameras will be permitted only by written agreement.

The preservation society will allow smartphone photos to be taken inside the Kingscote and Chateau-sur-Mer mansions when they open in March if the change goes well.

The change begins Friday, the day the Newport Winter Festival begins.

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