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Architect Sues SOM for Stealing One World Trade Center Design

16:00 - 15 June, 2017
Architect Sues SOM for Stealing One World Trade Center Design, Park’s Cityfront ’99 design (left) compared to One World Trade Center (right). Image via 6sqft
Park’s Cityfront ’99 design (left) compared to One World Trade Center (right). Image via 6sqft

Architect Jeehoon Park has filed a lawsuit against Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), claiming the design of New York City’s One World Trade Center was stolen from a project he developed as a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999.

The lawsuit states that the 104-story One World Trade bears a “striking similarity” to his 122-story “Cityfront ‘99” tower, which also featured a glass facade of inverted triangular planes.

EU Copyright Reform May Wipe Thousands of Building Images from Wikipedia

06:00 - 9 July, 2015
EU Copyright Reform May Wipe Thousands of Building Images from Wikipedia, Dancing House (Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry) censored to show the effect of restricting Freedom of Panorama in the EU. Image via Wikimedia
Dancing House (Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry) censored to show the effect of restricting Freedom of Panorama in the EU. Image via Wikimedia

The European parliament will vote today on an amendment to the EU’s copyright rules, which if passed would restrict Freedom of Panorama throughout the EU. This could result in thousands of building images being deleted from Wikipedia, and put restrictions on which photos people can upload and share online.

Freedom of Panorama is an exception to copyright rules, allowing photographs of public spaces and buildings to be used without restriction, while protecting the rights of the architect or artist. Currently some countries in the EU have full Freedom of Panorama, while other countries have it in place only for buildings or only for non-commercial uses -- or not in place at all.