Using Copyright as Leverage, Japan Sports Council Refuses to Pay Zaha Hadid

According to world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are refusing to pay for her designs for its Olympic Stadium unless she gives up the copyright and signs a gag order.

None of this seems that outlandish or shocking. What will be of interest is what parts of Hadids architectural design are protected by copyright law (in Japan and elsewhere), and whether or not the new architect, Kengo Kuma, actually copied and infringed these same copyrights.

According to The Telegraph,Zaha Hadid Architects is consulting with its legal representatives and says it will take legal action if our concerns are not promptly addressed to our satisfaction.

Tags: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, architecture, Art Law, Copyright, intellectual property, japan, japanese law, olympics, Zaha Hadid

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