You've no doubt seen them many times. Those little © symbols at the bottom of the page in books, magazines and even on websites. But, have you ever thought about whether your engineering drawings can be copyrighted? What about your designs? If so, do you have to do anything to obtain a copyright? And just what kind of protection can you get by obtaining a copyright? Can another engineer copy your work if you don't obtain copyright protection?
In this course, you will learn about the copyrightable aspects of engineering drawings, plans and designs. You will learn what you can and cannot copyright. You will learn why copyright protection is desirable, as well as how to go about doing it. And you will learn about the respective rights of the design engineer and the client in the work product.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- How to identify copyrightable aspects of building plans and buildings
- How and why to give proper copyright notice
- How to register copyright in an architectural work
- Implications of copyright ownership
- Things to consider and include in professional engineering service contracts
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