Drafting Concepts - client sketches

Copywrite Summary


  • No copyright exists in ideas or concepts
  • Client does not own copyright
  • Designer owns copyright in designs & drawings
  • Designer licences the client to use the work


  • Client owns copyright in the sketch
  • Client provides licence for the designer to use the work for a purpose
  • Designer owns copyright in the design & drawings produced by the designer
  • Client can take the original sketch but not any work produced by the designer to another to complete identical work

You cannot prepare a new drawing by copying another designer’s work even if requested to do so by the client who provided an original sketch to the other designer. You can prepare new drawings from the original sketch, but you must maintain a full file on how the design was developed from the sketch. (more…)

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