Architectural Copyright, Infringement and Trolls

It wasn’t until 1990 that architectural plans and mock-ups were provided outright copyright protection under the U.S. 1976 Copyright Act. Prior, plans and models were protected only as graphic and sculptural works. In December 1990, Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act and amended the 1976 Copyright Act to include protection for “architectural works,” which is the design of a building as embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings. Structures other than buildings—bridges, tents, mobile homes, boats, dams—are not included. The work