What You Can and Cannot Do . . .
These days it seems
almost everybody has a question about what can or cannot be done
with copyrighted home plans. At Design Basics, we know U.S. copyright
law can sometimes get complex and confusing, but here are a few of
the basic points of the law you'll want to remember.
Each plan offered for sale by Design Basics is copyrighted
with the U.S. Federal Copyright Office. This means our the images
and construction prints of our home plans are legally protected from
It's easy to understand. Buy the plan, build the home, keep it legal.
If you build a home from a copyrighted house plan from any of our
designers without 1st purchasing the plan, you are infringing on
the federal copyright protections afforded each of our designs. Design
Basics and our affiliated designers actively
seek legal remedy to copyright infringement.
|So what does this mean for you?
- Keep it Legal.
- It's easy.
- It's Cost Effective.
Promotional Licenses for Home Plans - Protection for Advertising Purposes
Before purchasing a home plan, you may want to advertise that home plan on your web site, in your MLS or in any print media. This is perfectly understandable. However, you cannot legally use any image from any source of a home plan offered by Design Basics without a Promotional License.
As every plan offered by Design Basics is copyrighted,
you must first purchase the Promotional License for that plan.
We will send you via email the promotional license and digital artwork for the front elevation and each level of the home plan. The front elevation will be color if available and the floor plan artwork is black and white.
The digital artwork is hi-resolution suitable for printing needs and can be down-sized for use on your web site by your web site designer.
QUALITY DIGITAL ARTWORK INLCUDED
you've purchased a home plan from Design Basics,
you receive a Design Basics "Single-Build
When ordering a house plan from this publication, along with your
plan you will receive a Single Build Construction License which gives
you certain rights, including:
We can modify this plan or you may modify the plan or have a qualified
local professional modify the plan at your direction. The original
designer’s copyright notice must be retained on the modified
You may make additional copies of the house plan as needed
so long as the copies are made from the set you receive containing
the red seal above. (The red seal will appear on your construction
license if you ordered your house plan as a PDF file.)
You may build one home based upon the home plans purchased. Before
you start construction, complete the Construction License process
by reporting the address where the home is to be built. Failing to
do so invalidates your License and may subject you to legal penalties
under federal copyright law. (After building the house, if you would
like to build it again, you can obtain another Single Build Construction
License for that same design directly from Design Basics for $100.)
HOME PLAN MODIFICATIONS FROM DESIGN BASICS AND OUR DESIGNERS
As mentioned above, Design Basics or our affiliated home designers
offer complete Plan Alteration services. Who knows this plan better
the original designer? We and our designers provide no-cost price
quotes for all plan alterations. Ask for your no-cost plan alteration
price quote today. Call us at 800.947.7526 or click the link Plan
Alteration Banner at the left.
Protect your rights to reproduce, modify
and build our home plans with a Design Basics Construction
The above points are provided as general guidelines only. Additional
information is provided with each home plan purchase, or you
can call us at 1.800.947.7526.