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Copyright Basics for Home Designers & Publishers (PDF)
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Copyright Basics for Home Designers and Publishers

(c) 1996, 52 pages


This manuscript has been prepared primarily for designers and publishers to provide basic information about copyrights. It includes two parts. Part I discusses the basics of copyright law as applied to designers and publishers. Part II includes information on how to register copyrights in architectural plans and designs.

About the author:

David E. Bennett is partner in the firm Coats & Bennett, PLLC, in Cary, North Carolina. Mr. Bennett concentrates in the area of patent, trademark, and copyright and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and received a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. 


  • What is a Copyright?
  • Subject Matter of Copyrights
  • Requirements for Copyright Protection
  • Scope of Protection of Designs
  • Ownership of Copyrights
  • Transfer of Rights
  • Derivative Works
  • Notice and Publication
  • Registration and Deposit Requirements
  • Infringement of Copyright
  • What is a Registration?
  • Benefits of Registration
  • Architectural Plans and Architectural Works
  • Overview of Registration Procedure
  • Details On the Mechanics of Registration
  • Examples of Completed Applications

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