Posted by Kevin Andrews on October 03, 2003 at 06:28:56:
In Reply to: How does one copyright drafting designs? posted by Kay on October 01, 2003 at 17:15:51:
I may be wrong here, but it is my understanding that if you apply a disclaimer on each of your drawings stating that this design is the property of XXXXXX, and you apply your "signature" (initials, name or whatever) along with a date...then the design is automatically copyrighted.
From my experiences, going through the actual copyright procedures for a design is alot of worthless crap. I design houses. All someone would have to do is copy one of the designs and move a wall 6", and it is a totally new plan....see what I mean.
When I deal with my customers, I actually ask them to refer to design magazines and such. Show me what they want and then we can discuss changes from there.
How many times have you seen a customer walk in with a book and say this is what I want - exactly as you see it in the book. I always here..."Well, I like this one, but...."
I take the design and run with it.
Am I copying someone else's design? NO. I am simply starting with an idea from the customer and then modifying the plan to fit their needs.
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