Understanding CopyrightingFederal copyright laws protect all architects and designers house plans that are sold through Direct from the Designers. Just like movies, books and music, copyright laws prevent anyone other the copyright owner from reproducing, modifying or reusing the product without the permission of the copyright owner.
What you should know about our copyrights:
- The blueprints may not be lent, given away or sold by the purchaser.
- It is illegal to make copies, modify or reproduce in any form, the blueprints, plans, drawings or any other related artwork without the written consent of the designer/architect.
- When purchasing a house plan, you are licensed to build a single home from the house plan. Building more than one home from the house plan without written permission is an infringement of the designer's copyright. To build more than one home, you will need to purchase the appropriate house plan package.
- You cannot modify or redraw house plans, beyond making non-structural changes by red-lining the purchased blueprints. If you need to make structural changes you will need to pay for modifications from the designer/architect or purchase a set of reproducibles, which includes a license to modify the house plan.
- You cannot sell or reuse a house plan that you have been licensed to modify, because it still falls under the original designer's copyright. The designer is NOT responsible for any errors that may come from a plan that is modified by anyone other than the original designer.
- Penalties for violating a copyright may be severe. The responsible parties are required to pay the designer's actual damages plus any profits made. The copyright law also allows the designer to recover statutory damages, which can be as high as $100,000 per infringement. Finally, the infringer can be required to pay the designer's reasonable attorney fees, which often exceed the damages.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us toll free at 877-895-5299 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report what you believe constitutes copyright infringement on this website, please notify:
Direct from the Designers
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Monroe, CT 06468
The foregoing notice must include the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (or if multiple copyrighted works located on the website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works); (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to allow us to locate the material on the website; (d) the name, address, telephone number and email address (if available) of the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.