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Copyright

All of the house plans, images and content on this site is protected under United States copyright laws.
Reproduction of the plans or images in any way is strictly prohibited.

The following statement is provided by the House Plan Marketing Association:

  1. HOME PLANS ARE COPYRIGHTED!

    Just like books, movies and songs, home plans receive protection under the federal copyricopyright laws prevent anyone, other than the copyright owner, from reproducing, modifying or plans or designs without written permission of the copyright owner.

  2. DO NOT COPY DESIGNS OR FLOOR PLANS FROM ANY PUBLICATION, ELECTRONIC MEDIA OR EXISTING HOME

    It is a common misunderstanding that making changes to or redrawing a plan found in apermissible. It is not. The right to modify plans is one of the exclusive rights of copyright.illegal to copy or redraw a constructed home that is protected by copyright, even if you havthe plans for the home. If you find a plan that you like, you must purchase a set of plauthorized source.

  3. DO NOT USE PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN ONE HOUSE

    The original purchaser of a house plan is typically licensed to build a single home fBuilding more than one home from the plans without permission is an infringement of the hcopyright and, unless otherwise specified, you should assume that construction sets typically8 (hard copy) sets. The purchase of a multiple set plan package is for the construction ofonly and the purchase of any additional plan sets do not give you the right to construct home, unless otherwise stated on our site. However, we do offer some plans which include eitheCAD file unlimited use package which does allow for building the plan more than once. Also, sommay have a re-use fee for their plans; you will need to contact our office in order for us tone is available for a specific plan and what that dollar amount may be as these vary perplan.

  4. HOUSE PLANS IN THE FORM OF BLUEPRINTS OR BLACKLINES CANNOT BE COPIED OR REPRODUCED

    Plans, blueprints or blacklines cannot be copied or reproduced without the prior written copyright owner. If additional sets are required for estimating or construction, please contadesigner for additional sets at a nominal cost. Copy shops and blueprinters are prohibitcopies of these plans. The PDFs come with a license agreement that will allow for you to locally.

  5. HOUSE PLANS IN THE FORM OF BLUEPRINTS OR BLACKLINES CANNOT BE REDRAWN

    Plans cannot be modified or redrawn without first obtaining the copyright owner's permisspurchase of plans, you are licensed to make non-structural changes by "red-lining" the purchayou need to make structural changes or need to redraw the plans for any reason, you mureproducible set of plans (see topic 6) which includes a license to modify plans. Blueprinwith a license to make structural changes or to redraw the plans. You may not reuse or sell tdesign.

  6. REPRODUCIBLE HOME PLANS

    Reproducible plans (for example PDFs, CAD files and vellums) come with a license to make to the plans. Once modified, the plans can be taken to a local copy shop or blueprinter to makthe plans to use in the construction of a single home. Only one home can be constructed frompurchased set of reproducible plans either in original form or as modified unless otherwise website.

  7. MODIFIED DESIGNS CANNOT BE REUSED

    Even if you are licensed to make modifications to a copyrighted design, the modified desifrom the original designer's copyright. The sale or reuse of the modified design is prohibiteaware that any modification to plans relieves the designer from liability for design defectswarranties expressed or implied.

  8. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?

    Any party who participates in a copyright violation may be responsible, including thedesigners, architects, engineers, drafters, homeowners, builders, contractors, sub-contrshops, blueprinters, developers and real estate agencies. It does not matter whether or not theknows that a violation is being committed. You've heard it before: Ignorance of the law defense! Refuse to be a party to any illicit copying or use of designs, derivative works, prifeatures or homes.

  9. PLEASE RESPECT HOME DESIGN COPYRIGHTS

    In the event of any suspected violation of a copyright, or if there is any uncertainty abpurchased, the publisher, architect, designer ,or House Plan Marketing Association should be contaproceeding. Awards are sometimes offered for information about home design copyright infringement.

  10. PENALTIES FOR INFRINGEMENT

    Penalties for violating a copyright may be very severe. The responsible parties are required damages caused by the infringement (which may be substantial), plus any profits made by thcommissions to include all profits and from the sale of any home built from an infringincopyright law also allows for the recovery of statutory damages, which may be as high as $150,infringement. Finally, the infringer may be required to pay legal fees, which often exceed the damages.