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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 unlawful use.


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.


Plan Promotional License

So what does this mean for you?Sample Home Plan Promotional License


  • 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.


Plan Promotional License HI-RES, Print quality artwork included Plan Promotional License HI-RES, Print quality artwork included Plan Promotional License HI-RES, Print quality artwork included


Single-Build Construction License

Single-Build Construction License Once you've purchased a home plan from Design Basics, you receive a Design Basics "Single-Build Construction License.


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 drawings.

You may make additional copies of the house plan as needed for construction 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.)

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

Protect your rights to reproduce, modify and build our home plans with a Design Basics Construction License. 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.


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