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House Plans Are Copyrighted
Just like books, movies and songs, federal copyright laws protect the intellectual property of architects and home
designers. These legal protections exist to protect all parties. Copyright laws respect & support the intellectual
property of the original architect or designer, and prevent anyone from using the design without written permission.

Do Not Use Plans To Build More Than One House
All house plans include a copyright release and a license to use the documents to construct a single home. When you purchase construction documents, we, as licensor, are granting to you, as licensee, the right to use the documents to construct a single unit. This is an exclusive license, which may not be resold, duplicated, published or distributed without written permission of the home designer, Gerald Fournier.

Reproducing Blueprints
Construction blueprints may not be reproduced without prior written consent of the home designer or publisher. If additional sets are required for estimating or construction, please contact Home Designs by Gerald Fournier to purchase these sets. Copy shops and blueprinters are prohibited from making copies of these copyrighted documents.

Making Design Modifications
As a plan licensee, you may customize the design to fit your personal preferences. Our staff of designers are always available to work with you and create a home design with your personal touch. Modified plans are considered "derivative works" of the original and it is crucial that you understand that these "derivative works" as well as the original work, still retain copyright protection. No "derivative work" or revised design, even if completely redrawn, may be sold, duplicated, distributed or used to construct any units without the purchase of a license from the publisher, architect or home designer. 

Who Is Responsible For Copyright Infringement?
All parties, including the purchasers, designers, drafters, homeowners, builders, contractors, sub-contractors, copy shops, and blueprinters may be responsible if a copyright is violated. It does not matter if an individual knows that a violation is being committed. You have heard it before; ignorance of the law is not a valid defense! To avoid legal complications and damages, it is critical that you be certain of the original plan source and refuse to be a party to any illicit copying or borrowing of designs, derivative works, prints and design features.

Please Respect Home Design Copyrights
In the event of any suspected violation of a copyright, or any uncertainty about the plans purchased, you should contact the publisher, home designer or architect, and the Council of Publishing Home Designers before proceeding. Should you discover a copyright violation of a Gerald Fournier Home Designs house plan, please contact us immediately.

Penalties For Infringement
Penalties for violating a copyright may be severe. The responsible parties are required to pay for the home designer or architects actual damages (which may be substantial), plus any profits made. The copyright law also allows the home designer or architect to recover statutory damages, which may be required to pay the architect or home designer's reasonable legal fees, which often exceed the damages.


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