|Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho in Wangjing|
|Meiquan 22nd Century in Chongqing|
As to a possible lawsuit for copyright infringement, China's copyright law includes protection for works of architecture. Yet, You Yunting, a Shangai-based lawyer and founder of an online journal on intellectual property issues, said that Hadid could have good chance of winning litigation, but the court will probably not force the infringer to pull the infringing building down, but only order the payment of compensation.
Hadid's copy is one of the most copycat cases currently happening in China, though in most of them the architect is dead since a long time or impossible to name. We can find in China a 108 meter Eiffel Tower on Champs Elysées Square in Tianducheng near Shangai, or even the exact replica of the Austrian alpine town Hallstatt in Guandong Province or a residential complex which recreates the British city of Dorchester in Chengdu and so on.
Archeologist Jack Carlson, writing in foreign policy magazine argues that copying of architectural culture is a way for China to assert global primacy. What do you think about that?
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(1) Hadid's buildings have more floors (more and denser horizontal lines). thus, Meiquan buildings cannot be "carbon copies". You can also count the floors to note the differences in height.
(2) Hadid's buildings have sharper edges, Meiquan builds are distinctively "rounder" along the sides.
(3) Meiquan's high tower has a "dent" on 1 of its flat face. Hadid's high tower does not.
You perfectly marked the differences between the two projects which are, in my opinion, very few in comparison with the similarities existing between those buildings.
At a fist glance or on overall impression, the Meiquan project clearly appears as a carbon copy of the Hadid's one.
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