Copyright & Terms of Agreement
The following information applies to all R&R Planning and Design, Energy Smart Home Plans and related artwork sold through this website, our publications, or authorized dealers’ websites and publications are protected under Federal copyright laws.
Federal copyright laws protect the designer of home plans, and their customers.
Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc. plans are protected under all U.S. and International copyright laws. Reproduction of the plans, either in whole or part, including any for of copying and/or preparation of derivative works thereof, for any reason without prior written permission, is strictly prohibited. The purchase of a license in no way transfers any copyright or other ownership interest in it to the buyer except as limited use of for the construction of one and only one dwelling unit. You are allowed to make up to a maximum of 20 copies/prints for the construction of a single dwelling only. If the plan is to be built more than once it is necessary to contact Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc. to receive a release and license for extended usage in order to avoid any copyright or license infringements.
Please take the time to read the following guidelines.
- Federal copyright laws prevent anyone from reproducing, modifying or using copyrighted plans and related artwork without the permission of the copyright owner (designer).
- It is illegal to copy home plans and related artwork or to make “a certain amount of changes”, to a copyrighted home plan and related artwork. The right to modify home plans and related artwork is the exclusive right of copyright owner, (designer). Constructed homes are also protected by Federal copyright, and must not be redrawn without written consent of the original designer.
- The purchase of a multiple home plan set package (5-Set) or Reproducible home plans in a CAD or PDF format is for the construction of a single home, only. (Attention Builders, please see our Re-Use Policy in the BUILDER section, of this website.)
- Blueprints or printed plan sets may not be reproduced without written permission of the copyright owner. Printers, copy shops and blueprint companies are prohibited from making copies of home plans. Please contact us if additional plan sets or individual sheets are needed for estimating or for construction.
- Home plans and related artwork cannot be modified or redrawn without first obtaining permission from the copyright owner. With your purchase of Reproducible home plans, (CAD and PDF files) you are licensed to make changes to the plans. Blueprints or printed plans do not come with a license to change or redraw any part of the plans.
- Legal and licensed modifications to a copyrighted design, does not free the purchaser from the designer’s copyright. The sale or reuse of the modified design is prohibited. Additionally, any modification to plans relieves the original designer from liability and voids all warranties expressed or implied.
- All participating parties found to be profiting from a copyright infringement, may be liable under Federal copyright laws, including: other home designers, interior designers, architects, engineers, drafters, homeowners, builders, general contractors, sub-contractors, copy shops, printers, blue printers, developers, and real estate agencies.
- Parties found responsible for copyright infringement may be liable to pay actual damages caused by the infringement plus any profits made by the infringer(s). Profits may include all commissions paid from the sale of any home built from an infringing design. The copyright law also allows for the recovery of statutory damages, which may be as high as $150,000 for each infringement. Finally, the infringer may be required to pay legal fees, which can often exceed the damages.
Simply put, copyright infringement penalties can be severe, and are meant to protect the Intellectual Property rights of the original home plan designer and their valued customers.
Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc. maintains a NO RETURN/NO EXCHANGE policy. Our plans are copyrighted and registered to the purchaser, we cannot allow refunds or exchanges. Please be sure of your selection before you order. Please contact our office at (800) 241-1286 (Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST) if you have any concerns or questions before you order.