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Agents - Can You Be Sued for Using the Builder's Plans He Gave You? Possibly.

July 26th, 2011

This is an intriguing article, written by an attorney who needed to defend his realtor client for using plans given to him by the builder... Can you say OOOPS!! 

"The builder gave my client a copy of the architectural drawings for the home. My client used the drawings to assist in his marketing efforts. The realtor gave copies of the plans to potential purchasers of the home, attached reduced size copies of the floor plan drawings to information flyers, made the flyers available at open houses, and placed the flyers in the information box below the "FOR SALE" sign in the front yard. As a result of the realtor’s efforts, the house sold. "*

* The above is excerpted from an article titled, "Copyright Infringement and the New Use of Architectural Works: What Realtors Need to Know" by Eric P. Stevens and published in the Tarheel Realtor.   CLICK HERE  to be linked to the full article reprinted on the webpage of Poyner Spruill LLP.  

By reading the article, you'll see Mr. Stevens goes on to discuss the risks to agents --- and provide a bullet-point checklist of things agents can do so they don't find themselves in the same position as his client.  Very interesting reading.

Thanks for Stopping By,

Judith, The Floor Plan Lady 


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