IiiArchitectural Works

Perhaps the most obvious category to consider, particularly in light of the earlier comparison between geodesic domes and fullerenes, is "architectural works."34 It turns out that this category is easy to dismiss out of hand. The Copyright Act defines an "architectural work" as "the design of a building as embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings."35 While geodesic domes are frequently used as buildings, and therefore having designs that may be entitled to protection under copyright law, there is no question that nanotech creations are never used as buildings. To the extent that it is the structure of a nanotech creation that is to be protected, it is much more effective to view them as sculptural works than as architectural works.

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