That’s an easy one. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, of course. Every child knows this.
But who was the architect of the Taj Mahal? Even if you knew, the name that comes to mind is of the emperor. You see, Shah Jahan was merely the builder. The financier, so to speak.
I’m not for a moment discounting the value of a patron with a big purse and grand ambitions. But, a creator Shah Jahan wasn’t. By any stretch of imagination.
Ustad Ahmad Lahouri was the chief architect of the Taj Mahal. His name is relegated to the footnotes of history and rarely do people wonder who it was.
What the maestro Lahouri did was work for hire. He was given a sum of money and a service was expected out of him. You see, shared credit or division of IP wasn’t a part of the deal.
In the work we do, we need to be careful about what we are giving up and what we are gaining. Money is only one part of the equation. Intellectual Property and Credit should play a role in our work too.
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