Before ordering, make sure that the house model complies with your municipality's zoning by-laws, as Plans Design disclaims all responsibility in this regard. House plans and electronic CAD and PDF plans are non-returnable and non-refundable. No deliveries are made to post office boxes. The delivery time for our plans is usually 2 to 5 business days, except when a longer delay is indicated in the detailed sheet of the chosen plan on our website.
All texts on the Plans Design site, logos, concepts, graphics, images, information and documents, as well as the selection, arrangement and display thereof, remain the exclusive property of Publications Balsam inc. and are protected by the Copyright Act.
Plans Design (Publication Balsam inc.) hereby authorizes you to consult, view, copy, download and print the documents that are available for this purpose on our site, on the express condition that these documents are used solely for personal, non-commercial purposes; that they are not modified or redistributed; and that any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary notice is reproduced as it appears in these documents.
Anyone wishing to obtain authorization to use elements protected by the Act, service marks or trademarks must make a request to this effect by contacting us.
COPYRIGHTS RELATED TO THE USE OF IMAGES AND DESIGN PLANS
YOU CANNOT RESELL YOUR DESIGN PLAN, USE AN ILLUSTRATION, PHOTO OR FLOOR FOUND ON OUR SITES.
All plans displayed on our websites and/or created by Plans Design are protected by copyright law. It is therefore illegal to copy, reproduce or use, without permission, the plans, drawings and illustrations from this website or any other publication. It is also illegal to copy or redraw an already existing house.
It is forbidden to resell a Plans Design plan,
whether you built your house or not.
In any market or to anyone.
It is not permitted to copy, modify or resell a drawing or plan found in the various media. Each of these practices is illegal and constitutes a violation of the Copyright Act. Each offence is punishable by prosecution for up to $100,000 each..
Therefore, it is essential to always purchase a set of plans or a license available at Plans Design, to build them or to use the illustrations for promotional purposes. The purchase of a set of plans authorizes you to build a single house (unless you are a contractor and acquire the .pdf version of the plan) and it is also illegal to resell your plan after use.
WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT
In very simple terms, the term "copyright" means "right to reproduce". Only the owner of a work (very often its creator) has the right to produce or reproduce that work or to allow someone else to do so. Copyright rewards and protects a creative business by giving it the exclusive right to publish or use the work in any way it chooses. It can also choose not to publish your work and prevent anyone else from doing so.
Copyright applies to any original work of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic nature. Each of these general categories covers a very wide range of creative works. The following are a few examples:
Artistic works: paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures and architectural works.
The word "original" is crucially important in the definition of a copyrightable work. It goes without saying that no one can obtain copyright in a work created by another person.
A copyright grants you the exclusive right to produce or reproduce your work, be it by publishing, performing, etc., or by any other means. Under this right, you are the only person who can authorize these activities.
Anyone who reproduces your work without your permission is infringing on your copyright; that person is violating your rights. Of course, the reverse is also true: if you publish, perform or copy someone else's work without their permission, you are infringing on that person's rights.
One of the forms of copyright infringement is plagiarism, where a person passes off a third party's work that he or she has copied as his or her own. An obvious example of plagiarism would be publishing or selling a plan made by another person under your own name. Plagiarism can also involve using a substantial part of another person's work. An example of this would be copying a plan by simply changing its dimensions or some architectural elements.
Source: Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
ARTICLES OF LAW
Here are the main sections of the law that define architectural plans as works protected by copyright law:
Copyright Act ( R.S., 1985, c. C-42 )
R.S., c. C-30, s. 1.
The definitions in this section apply in this Act.
"Artistic work" includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural works, engravings or photographs, artistic works by craftsmen, as well as graphics, maps, plans and compilations of artistic works.
COPYRIGHT IN THE WORK
Copyright in the work shall include the exclusive right to produce or reproduce the whole or a substantial part of the work in any material form, to perform or represent the whole or a substantial part of the work in public and, if the work is unpublished, to publish the whole or a substantial part of the work; this right shall also include the exclusive right :
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: LIABILITY
Any person who infringes copyright shall be liable to pay the owner of the right that has been infringed damages and, in addition, such proportion as the court may consider equitable, of the profits made by him in committing the infringement as has not been taken into account in the determination of damages.