Drafting Concepts - copyright owner


The Copyright Owner

The Copyright owner: THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL WORK

Generally the person who gives “expression to the ideas or information”

i.e. The person who does the drawing even if it is a drawing of someone else’s ideas.

Except

  • An employee preparing drawings under the terms of employment does not own copyright.
  • Government usually retains copyright in work prepared on their behalf.

Only the copyright owner can reproduce- photocopy, hand copy, computer readable version, make public for the first time or broadcast or transmit the material.

But the client can use the work for the purpose it for which it was created. (more…)

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Copywrite Summary

IN BRIEF SO FAR

  • 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

CLIENTS SKETCHES

  • 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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Copyright – From a Designer’s Point of View

On April 14th, 2010, posted in: Copyright Issues by

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FROM A DESIGNER’S POINT OF VIEW

  • Never knowingly copy the work of another copyright owner without specific written permission.
  • Maintain quality files
  • Obtain warranty & indemnity agreement from the client.
  • Provide adequate warnings to clients regarding copyright

This is really only toughing the surface. I will add more information over time. Be sure to check back often. (more…)

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