Lets say for the sake of argument that a relative of mine has a house with a
floorplan that I like; a tract house by a national builder. Then let's say
that I contacted the builder about buying blueprints for said house (to
build on my own lot in a rural area) and the builder said "we don't sell
blueprints and we don't build on buyers' lots".
Then lets say that I photocopy said floorplan and pay an architect to draw
up building plans. Would I be in violation of copyright?
What about if I moved the location of the entryway light 1 inch, it would
technically be different at that point.
Why not just show the plans to the architect and tell him WHY you like
them and WHAT you like about them. I might also suggest that you do some
serious thinking and have a few comments about what you don't like about
them. Then let him come up with something you might like even better.
I doubt if you are going to find many floor plans that are so unique
that there are not a number of very similar plans in use around the country.
What will be different are construction details that may not be apparent
from a floor plan anyway.
Don't expect the architect to offer some really cheap price, because he
will still need to do basically the same work as doing one from scratch.
Hint. How do you think your relative is going to feel if you end up with
a home just like theirs? Some people would consider it a compliment and
others would not be happy at all.
: > Yes it is a copyright violation. You are making a derivitive
and that is
: > the right of the copyright owner. Will anyone notice? That
: > issue all together.
: As my attorney once said, "What is the crime, doing
something or getting
Your lawyer's an idiot.
The thieves believe they haven't stolen anything. The creator
still has "it", dontchaknow.
For those who don't believe copyright infringement isn't a crime
try Title 18, section 2319 of the United States Code:
Copyright law includes provisions for "fair use". Ever notice that every public
library has a copy machine in it? Copying something (in and of itself) is
seldom a problem. It depends on whether you profit or deprive the copyright
holder of profit.
You folks are all still missing the point that the local building
department will be the "cop" on this. They simply will not accept
McMansion's plan if McMansion's name is not on the permit.
You could probably FORGE someone else's engineering stamps on the plan
but that IS a crime.
There is nothing to keep you from redrawing the plan by hand and
submitting it. You will probably pay more for plan review and they
might just reject it without an engineering stamp.
YMMV with that. If you are in a place with special concerns like wind
codes (east coast) or earthquake (west coast) codes you can count on
them wanting engineering but in much of flyover country, writing
"standard practice" on the details may work for you.
If you don't need to submit a plan for a permit and you are only
giving them to your sub-contractor, nobody will ever catch you.
Just cut off the McMansion logo and engineering stamps.
You're citing the CRIMINAL statute for CRIMINAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
Most cases fall under the CIVIL statutes for CIVIL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
Learn the difference.
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