Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Freedom Tower Copyright Case

The Freedom Tower, which is to be placed at the former World Trade Center site in New York, is the subject of a copyright lawsuit. An architecture student claims his design for a skyscraper was copied by architect David Childs. The student will have to point out "substantial similarities" between his skyscraper and that of the Freedom Tower. Harvard's William Fisher explains:
"That will be what things will hinge on, whether this is a novel configuration or whether the common features are just stock. So I wouldn't venture how it's going to come out, but just on first glance the two buildings are unusually similar."
It is believed to be the first architectural copyright case that involves a skyscraper, and sadly the 9/11 site has the premiere.


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