Thus infringement of architectural designs whether registered as a pictorial graphic or structural work or an architectural work is determined by the same standard as all other copyrighted works. Therefore builders architects and owners should assume that all architectural works are protected under copyright law regardless of whether the author includes a copyright notice 5. Architectural works are protected by us copyright law specifically by 17 us code 1028 in fact copyright law was officially changed in december 1990 in order to include these architectural copyrights . On the other hand an independent contractor generally holds the copyright in his or her work while the hiring company such as an architectural firm only receives a license to use the work however for certain categories of work where there is a written agreement the employer may hold the copyright not the independent contractor
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