Journal of Intellectual Property Law


A discussion of John Hemings' creative architectural contributions to Monticello and Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Estates. Author argues that Hemings, an enslaved person and a master carpenter, made vital and creative contributions to the building of the two estates which merit legal recognition. Author discusses how legal ideas about moral rights and statutory protections in the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act could be adapted to cure a historica and representative injustice.