Copyright Protection Granted to Land Surveyor’s Site Plan

A land surveyor and planner (“Sparco”) was entitled to copyright protection of his plans and drawings. Perhaps even more important, however, was the protection afforded the survey pursuant to his contract barring the owner from revising or using the surveyor’s...

Copyright infringement by Reuse of Architect’s Plans

Disputes over who has ownership and rights to use or reuse the architect’s plans are becoming more common. The AIA contract documents contain language granting the architect ownership and control of the documents. It seems, however, that more owners are amending that...

Change Order Bars Owner’s Claim Against A/E

The owners of a home under construction were sued by an architect whose copyrighted plans were used without permission in the design and construction of their new house.   This architect (Mr. Page) sued the owners (Mr. and Ms. Gunthrop) for copyright infringement.  A...