Architect claims Japan is trying to take Olympic stadium design copyright
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Architect claims Japan is trying to take Olympic stadium design copyright

TOKYO (AP) — British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid says the Japan Sport Council is withholding money owed for work on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium design while demanding her company give up claims to copyrights.

Staff at the Japan Sport Council said it was looking into allegations by Zaha Hadid Architects that it was demanding a transfer of the copyright for the design work in exchange for an overdue final payment.

Last summer, Japan scrapped the initial plans drawn up by Hadid as too costly.

Hadid has complained the new design chosen by the Sport Council, by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, draws heavily from her earlier work. Her company said in a statement Thursday that the Sport Council also was demanding that Hadid not comment in exchange for payment for her team’s work.

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