Q. How do copyright laws affect me?
Posted On: 2009-07-10 at 07:13:13 AM
Any original writing (books, plays, songs, poetry, software, etc.) or creative production of images (photographs, films, video, drawings, etc.) is considered the intellectual property of the creator and is protected by copyright laws.
The rights to use these works or copies of these works is controlled by the creator. To use any of these copyrighted materials, including house plans, you need permission, which is often in the form of a license, from the person who holds the copyright. Unauthorized use or copying of these works is stealing. It deprives creators of the income they normally charge for using their words or images.
Consequently, whether you want to build a house from a copyrighted house plan or make a copy, it is your legal responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder before using or copying the house plan. House Plan Central.com does not hold the copyrights to the plans you find on our site.
House Plan Central.com acts as a broker, or representative, for hundreds of independent designers, giving you the best selection of stock house plans available. Just as you would not steal materials from a lumber yard to build your house, it is important to obtain building licenses and copyright releases to use and copy any house plan you find on our site.
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