Architectural & Blueprint Copyrights
Leading copyright infringement lawyer
Nationwide copyright attorney Dana LeJune knows architectural and blueprint copyright law. He has decades of experience helping architects and architectural firms protect their designs from unauthorized use by others.
He has significant experience proving the elements of architectural and blueprint copyright infringement. He knows the process from beginning to end, because he has been through it and succeeded so many times.
An architectural or blueprint copyright is violated when someone copies or distributes blueprints or builds a structure using a copyrighted design without the permission of the copyright owner.
As with all types of copyrights, to prove architectural copyright infringement a copyright owner must establish proof of ownership and proof of copying. Copying may be proved by direct evidence or by indirect evidence that shows the infringer had access to the original work and the new creation is substantially similar to the copyrighted work.
What is protected by architectural copyright law
While architectural works have always been subject to copyright protection, the plan designer/architect’s recoverable damages were codified by Congress on December 1, 1990.
U.S. copyright law defines “architectural work” as “the design of a building embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings.”
Protection under the Copyright Act extends to the overall form of the design as well as the arrangement and composition of spaces and elements in the design.
The term “building” means structures that are habitable by humans and intended to be permanent and stationary, such as houses and office buildings and other structures, including museums, churches, gazebos and garden pavilions.
Ineligible building designs
Some designs are not protected by architectural copyright law:
- Structures other than buildings, such as bridges, cloverleafs, dams, walkways, tents, recreational vehicles, mobile homes and boats
- Standard features, such as windows, doors and other staple building components, as well as functional elements whose design or placement is dictated by utilitarian concerns
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