As part of UO’s commitment to the industry’s leading designers, all architects’ and designers’ plans that are purchased are protected by copyright.
Reproduction of construction plans, either in whole or in part, including any form of copying and/or preparation of a derivative works thereof, for any reason, is strictly prohibited. The purchase of a set of construction plans in no way transfers any copyright or other ownership interest in it to the purchaser, except for a limited licensing release to use the said plan set for the purpose of constructing one dwelling.
Similarly, the purchase of reproducible construction plans (a.k.a. digital PDFs or vellums) carries the same copyright protection as mentioned above. It is generally allowed to make additional copies for the construction of a single dwelling only. To use any plan more than once and to avoid any copyright/license infringement, it is necessary to contact the original designer to request and receive a release and license for the extended usage. Whereas a purchaser of a reproducible design is granted a license to make copies, those copies should be noted as copyrighted materials. Copyright and licensing of construction plans exist to protect all parties. It respects and supports the intellectual property of the original architect and designer, thereby keeping it possible to offer pre-drawn plans at affordable prices. Copyright law for pre-drawn construction plans is now being vigorously enforced. Copyright infringement could lead to fines up to $100,000 per violation.
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