Night Lighting

From: Robert A. Baron <robert[_at_]studiolo.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 12:00:01 -0500

I've recently been told that some buildings, namely the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, and perhaps others that are lit up by lights at night are claiming that their lighting arrays, and accordingly the buildings so lit, are protected by copyright and that no commercial use may be made of nighttime pictures of these structures. Is there any "fixation" in the resulting patterns cast by these lights? Would photographs of these buildings share in the architectural exemption of the copyright code.

Would there be any application of this claim to so-called "sound and light" displays commonly applied to architectural remains of historical interest -- like the Acropolis or the Forum in Rome?

Robert A. Baron
mailto:robert[_at_]studiolo.org Received on Mon Jan 30 2006 - 22:00:01 GMT

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