Re: Copyright of structural engineering drawing
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on June 09, 2001 at 04:54:38:
In Reply to: Copyright of structural engineering drawing posted by Slapshot on June 08, 2001 at 12:20:49:
: Can a structural engineering detail drawing based on concepts standard in the industry be copyrighted? That is, suppose I made an engineering drawing of a detail showing how to connect a 2x4 to a truss joist in the corner. This is a standard thing used in all buildings and the method is standard. Can my drawing be copyrighted?
The copyright law covers what you create. Enforcement is through registration. The idea in the work is not protected.
If you use the drawing as an illustration or work of art there may be some purpose to register a copyright. Anyone can use your drawing as an instruction. If you want protection use a copyright notice at all times and promptly register within 3 months of publication.
M. Arthur Auslander
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