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On all our drawings in the title block appears:

"These drawings, including all design, details, specifications, and
information are the sole property of Baker Engineering, and are for use on
this specific project. These drawings shall not be used on any other
project. Copies shall not be made without the express permission of Baker

Sounds pretty clear to me although I'm going to change it to say "express
WRITTEN permission".

As I understand it, the contractor made a zerox copy from blueprints and did
the "cut & paste" thing. It was not cad files that he manipulated.

Will tell you all more after I get to see the contractors drawing this


----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 6:51 AM
Subject: copyright

> Mark,
> The instant you put your pen/pencil/pixel to paper/monitor to create an
> image, you have a copyright on what you drew.  You do not even need to put
> "Copyright" or the symbol for copyright in order for you to have your work
> copyrighted.  You do not need to register your work in order to have it
> copyrighted, although that does help validate that the work is yours.  Go
> the Library of Congress web site (, click on copyright and
> IIRC, Bulletin No. 1.
> Apparently something in the detail was so unique to you that it enabled
> person that saw it to alert you.  That is a positive for you.  It is
> sometimes good to put inconsequential extraneous materail into your
> (like I just deliberately misspelled, "material") that can be used to
> that the original work was yours.  Of course, an exact overlay can also
> that the work was yours.
> After you have verified that a, "cut and paste" actually happened, you
> consider having your attorney write the culprit a letter, advising him/her
> copyright infringement, and, among other things, to expunge the detail
> the drawings, reimburse you for your time and legal fees plus .... (as
> a lawyer can determine).
> Hope this helps.
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> Mark Baker wrote:
> >>Today I became aware of a disturbing situation. It seems a contractor
> I do not know personally) copied a portion of a drawing produced by our
> office, reassembled it into a drawing of his own and tried to pull permit.
> Tomorrow I meet with the individual who alerted me to this situation and
> have the opportunity to see the drawing in question.
> Anyone ever have a similar experience? Anyone know of the legal recourses
> available for something like this?<<