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While the 1990 Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act provides some useful relief for designers whose work has in the past been unfairly reused without their permission or compensation, it has led to a number of cases where protection may not appear to be either worthy or necessary. The preparation of a defense against such claims can be created in the objective comparative measurement of the projects in question, but most effectively by establishing the limitations of the Act with respect to a particular design and framing the defense within the broader traditions of design and building construction within the United States.