Preventive IP: Notes on the State of Architectural Intellectual Property

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102nd ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, Globalizing Architecture: Flows and Disruptions, 2014, pp. 80 - 84
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Architecture is probably the one creative field in which the flow of knowledge is least regulated. For instance, compare it to music or cinema in which copyright laws dictate the maximum length of the fragments that can be freely use by others. Think of the legal implications that terms such as plagiarism, quotation, or paraphrasing have in literature. Remember how intellectual property (IP) rights render illegal any transformation of a work of art not sanctioned by its author. Albeit architecture, since 1990,1 has enjoyed a legal status similar to these other fields, none of these principles seem to apply. In fact, IP regulations remain mostly underdeveloped and rarely enforced.
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