Q: What can I do if someone steals my home blueprint design and builds it?
First, you might consider reaching out to the party involved to seek a resolution outside of court. If that doesn't work, you can take legal action for copyright infringement, as blueprints can be considered intellectual property. To establish a strong case, it will be beneficial to have proof that the design is originally yours, such as dated drafts or other documentation demonstrating your creative process.
Furthermore, if you registered your blueprint with the U.S. Copyright Office, this could potentially strengthen your case.
It is generally advised to consult with an attorney to explore your options and build a solid case based on the specifics of your situation. They might assist you in seeking remedies which could include a stop to the construction, monetary damages, or potentially reaching a licensing agreement.
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