17 USC 120
Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works

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§120. Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works


Pictorial representations permitted. The copyright in an architectural work that has been constructed does not include the right to prevent the making, distributing, or public display of pictures, paintings, photographs, or other pictorial representations of the work, if the building in which the work is embodied is located in or ordinarily visible from a public place.


Alterations to and destruction of buildings. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106(2) [17 USC 106(2)], the owners of a building embodying an architectural work may, without the consent of the author or copyright owner of the architectural work, make or authorize the making of alterations to such building, and destroy or authorize the destruction of such building.