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Buildings, Blueprints & Lawsuits: Architectural Copyright

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As we slowly slip out of the realm of recession and into the thought of recovery and new construction, developers are beginning to think about new buildings and design.  Architects are about to see their business expand and are being asked to design new buildings with origination and flair... or just copy what has already been done.

Really, are we in the real estate business to express our individuality and artistic flair or we doing this to make money? It may be both, but there is no denying that after years of cutting back costs just to survive, who really wants to spend a bunch of money on original design? Let's just cut the cost and tell the architect to copy some other building. Sounds like a good idea, no? Well, maybe it's not such a good idea and copying building designs may cost you far more than you imagined.

Listen as we discuss with Jeff Reichard, the world of architectural copyright protection and what architects, developers and building owners need to know when planning new development.

Some of the questions that we intend to answer, include:

  • Can you copy the design of a building?  If so, what are the limitations imposed by law and how can you get around those limitations?
  • Who actually owns the design of a building and how do you make sure that you own the design?
  • How do you protect and enforce your rights to a design?
  • If you buy a building that is already constructed, should you have any concerns that you may have liability for copyright infringement?

Featured Guest: Jeffrey M. Reichard, Licensed Patent Attorney, Nexsen Pruet

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