Floor Plans are Pro­tected

Log Home Living - - DESIGN -

When you’re ready to pur­chase a floor plan from a log home com­pany or de­signer, be aware that you won’t own the ac­tual plan — just a one-time right to build the home. This is nec­es­sary to pro­tect both the com­pany and you from copy­right in­fringe­ment. A rep­utable de­signer will never know­ingly use a copy­righted plan from an­other com­pany. If you do plan to build or al­ter an ex­ist­ing floor plan from a de­signer other than your own, make sure to get per­mis­sion.

To pro­tect your­self from copy­right vi­o­la­tions, re­mem­ber the fol­low­ing tips:

■ Un­der U.S. copy­right law, a floor plan is pro­tected the mo­ment it is cre­ated, re­gard­less of whether or not the cre­ator has reg­is­tered the plan with the U.S. Copy­right Of­fice.

■ Copy­right ap­plies to the in­te­rior lay­out of a home as well as the el­e­va­tions and ex­te­rior de­sign.

■ When you buy con­struc­tion doc­u­ments, you are ac­tu­ally buy­ing a one-time li­cense to build that house.

■ Copy­right law also pro­tects deriva­tions of the orig­i­nal plan. You can­not change a wall or roofline and con­sider it your own plan.

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