Originally Posted by mastermesh
When was the building built? I can't remember the law or whatever, but somewhere, I remember reading that buildings built up to a certain time (think it was in the 1990s?) were basically public domain before that time, but after it became 'copyrighted' sort of by the architect.
That is incorrect. That may apply to architecture or architectural plans, but that's not what is being discussed here.
" First, when a building is ordinarily visible from a public place, its protection as an "architectural work" does not include the right to prevent the making, distributing, or public display of pictures, photographs, or other pictorial representations of the work. Thus, the architect will not be able to prevent people from taking photographs or otherwise producing pictorial representations of the building."