Architecture and Copyright

Architecture or at least architectural renderings were the last category of intellectual property added to works protected under copyright with the U.S. Copyright Act being amended in 1990 to include these works. More recently there is a move to to protect fashion designs through copyright although numerous designers have argued that the “copying” and interpretation of designs is what actually fuels the fashion industry. In my mind architecture and fashion share a number of commonalties – and I wonder whether architectural elements should be protected and whether this stifels innovation – in any event here is an article from the 1709 Blog discussing a recently filed suit over buildings being copied in China – a country not known for a strict observance of such laws.York-original-plan


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