When activating a building in another player's district, the rules state that "you do not benefit from your opponent's characters that are located in the same row/column as the copied building..."
I understand that. But then the rules go on to say, "However, you do benefit from your characters' effect." This small addition seems to complicate things purely for the sake of obfuscating the rules.
There is not a single character effect that occurs when you activate a building in another player's district. Am I missing something?
Or is this simply reminding (read: annoying) me that I still receive the effects of the characters in the same row/column of the building I activated in my own district? Because that seemed self-evident.
I think it's probably just being overly clear that you still get your benefit for the initial placement (though as you said, it is obvious).
Some of the questions I've seen (hell, some of them I've *had*), I wonder how they could miss the obvious answer, so they're probably just covering their bases.