If I’m starting a company that produces floor plan illustrations which will show how the building looks, would it be copyright infringement to use the buildings blueprints as a starting point for my design?

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If I’m starting a company that produces floor plan illustrations which will show how the building looks, would it be copyright infringement to use the buildings blueprints as a starting point for my design?

Asked on September 5, 2013 under Business Law, Michigan

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it would almost certainly be copyright infringement, since the building's blueprints are copyrightable material; therefore, it is almost a given that copyright exists in them and belongs to either the architect or the client (depending on the exact contract, etc. existing between them).


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