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Architecture and copyright: a quick survey of the law
by Angela Adrian
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (IJIPM), Vol. 3, No. 4, 2009
Abstract: Architecture is special. A unique design contained in an architectural drawing is capable of protection by copyright. The law does not restrict the development of architectural ideas and concepts; it does, however, prevent the copying of plans. If the plan or building was a copy of the concept or style it is legitimate. If it is a copy of the author's original manifestations of that concept or style, it is an infringement. Another interesting aspect of architectural works is that they usually take the form of a professional commission which creates a range of rights for all parties involved.
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