Copyright law protects original, creative works such as music, literature or film. Architecture is a creative art form that is seldom discussed in connection with, but is equally protected by, copyright law. When one conjures images of the Guggenheim Museum, the Parthenon or the Sistine Chapel, it is easy to understand why Frank Lloyd Wright deemed architecture “the mother art,” explaining that “without an architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.” These highly imaginative structures surely warrant protection as works of art. But, does every architectural design merit the same degree of protection regardless of its level of creativity?
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