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The contents of this web site are protected by international copyright laws. No part of this site may be copied, reproduced, or redistributed without the consent of the owners. If you would like to license or use one of our photographs in your newspaper, magazine, web site, newsletter, advertisement, or other purpose, contact us for specific information and rates. Under some circumstances we will allow publication of our photographs in exchange for a printed courtesy line or link to our site. In other cases a fee may be required. Contact us for more information.

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All photographs on this site are properly licensed or purchased. We do not steal images from other web sites or photographers. If you believe we have a picture that belongs to you, contact us and let us know which picture. We will then investigate your claim and take the appropriate action.

We do not condone, and will not tolerate copyright violations.

If you believe we should not have a picture of your building on this web site, then you are mistaken. Photographs of buildings are specifically protected by copyright laws in most countries. You cannot restrict someone from taking pictures of your building or claim a photograph violates a copyright on a building, as long as that picture was taken from a public space (such as a sidewalk, street, park, or government building). Here are the specific laws:
United States Code - Title 17 - Chapter 1 - Section 120
Scope of exclusive rights in architectural works
(a) Pictorial Representations Permitted. - The copyright in an architectural work that has been constructed does not include the right to prevent the making, distributing, or public display of pictures, paintings, photographs, or other pictorial representations of the work, if the building in which the work is embodied is located in or ordinarily visible from a public place.
Japanese copyright law - Article 46
Exploitation of an artistic work, etc. located in open places
It shall be permissible to exploit artistic works permanently located in such open places as mentioned in paragraph (2) of the preceding Article and architectural works by any means not falling within any of the following items: (i) multiplication of a sculpture and offering it to the public by transfer of ownership of its copies; (ii) imitative reproduction of an architectural work and offering it to the public by transfer of ownership of its copies; (iii) reproduction of a work for the purpose of locating it permanently in such open places as mentioned in paragraph (2) of the preceding Article; (iv) reproduction of an artistic work exclusively for the purpose of selling its copies and sale of such copies.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China copyright law Chapter 528, section 71
Representation of certain artistic works on public display
(1) This section applies to- (a) buildings; and (b) sculptures, models for buildings and works of artistic craftsmanship, if permanently situated in a public place or in premises open to the public. (2) The copyright in such a work is not infringed by- (a) making a graphic work representing it; (b) making a photograph or film of it; or (c) broadcasting or including in a cable programme service a visual image of it. (3) Nor is the copyright infringed by the issue or making available to the public of copies, or the broadcasting or inclusion in a cable programme service, of anything whose making was, by virtue of this section, not an infringement of the copyright.
Most other nations have similar laws. Contact your legal representative so he can set you straight about what is allowed and what is not.