They also can cite copyright of architecture as they did with me once.
They can but they would be wrong. A photograph of a building is not a copy of it. Even if it were, it would likely be the architect who owned the copyright, not the owners.
Originally Posted by Darkroom317
Copyright of the buildings and logos of the stores is something that I am not sure of either.
You can photograph them as much as you like. It's only when you publish them that you might have a problem and most likely only then if you misrepresented them. Companies put their logos on show in public for a very good reason. So they can be seen. They are not going to worry about the logo appearing in someone's photograph unless it is in some way defamatory.
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