What Is the Difference between Plagiarism and Inspiration? A Lawyer Explains

El caso de Sieger Suarez y Arquitectonica en Miami, Estados Unidos. Image Cortesía de Mitch Tuchman. Imágenes: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division

The Chilean lawyer, Juan Pablo Klenner, has dedicated himself to investigating one of the most discussed and least in-depth topics in architecture: copyright in our discipline. Plagiarism, referents or inspirations? It is a discussion that surely falls on deaf ears every time we talk about it among ourselves, but in the legal world it is clearly very well developed. If for some people creativity should not be measured in these terms, for others it is an issue that can go to court.

Following the publication of his book “Architecture too. Copyright for Architects”, we talked to Klenner about what we have always wanted to know, but never dared to ask. “The idea of total originality must be rejected, no one is capable of creating something out of nothing, even in the work with the least external influences,” he warns.

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