Until 1990, federal law extended copyright protection to original architectural drawings, but generally did not extend such protection to actual buildings, even buildings constructed from protected drawings.  The drawings were protected from copying as “pictorial” or “graphic” works, just like any sketch or painting.  The drawings only had to have a minimal degree of originality

In a recent unpublished opinion, Gemini Restoration Inc. v. Leone, et al., Docket No. A-6171-09T4 (August 3, 2012), New Jersey’s Appellate Division, among other things, affirmed a summary judgment order that dismissed a Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”) counterclaim against a general contractor where the homeowner used an architect as an intermediary to deal directly