John Schneider

Albany, United States

John has had a camera in front of his face for the better part of 60 years and will continue until he gets it right! Please respect the...

Copyrights and Buildings - U.S.A.

Well from the following it would seem that all those images of the World Trade Center, Freedom Tower that were deleted… may not have violated any copyright!
“Buildings are works subject to copyright in the U.S. according to 17 USC 102(a)(8), since the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act was passed in 1990. it applies to all buildings that were completed after December 1, 1990, even if begun before, or where the plans were published after that date.

However, the U.S. federal copyright law explicitly exempts “pictures, paintings, photographs, or other pictorial representations” of copyrighted buildings from the copyright of the building in 17 USC 120(a). Anyone may paint, draw, or photograph buildings from public places.. This includes such interior public spaces as lobbies, auditoriums, etc. The creator holds the exclusive copyright to such an image (the architect or owner of the building has no say whatsoever), and may publish the image in any way. 17 USC 120 applies only to architectural works, not other works of visual art, such as statues or sculptures."

Source: Wikimedia Commons; Wikilegal/Pictorial Representations Architectural Works

It seems to me, that in the United States there is wide latitude in the presentation of buildings and the sale of this material.

FYI
John Schneider

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