Dear Rich: I have a question. A book was recently published featuring houseboats from my area. A photo of my houseboat is in the book. I know the photographer and told her verbally that I did not want a photo of my boat used commercially or in a book. She used it anyway. Is there any way to take legal action against her? I am very upset! I consider my boat to be a sculpture. I'm so glad you asked. The short answer to your question is "no." As you are probably aware from reading the Dear Rich column, it's not a violation of copyright law to photograph architecture (even aquatic architecture) that is publicly viewable. And thanks to Batman, that's true even if those buildings are protected by architectural copyright and contain separately protectable sculptural elements.