INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Walking the 'Thin' Line of Architectural Copyright

Even the most preliminary sketch of a functional building will likely garner some protection

, New Jersey Law Journal

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The breadth of copyright protection available for any particular architectural design is primarily dictated by how many nonfunctional, artistic features are expressed. Most modern architectural projects are largely driven by cost efficiencies, building codes and functionality requirements rather than purely aesthetic considerations. The scope of copyright protection for certain architectural works can, accordingly, become narrow or "thin."

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