Recently there was an incident in which a set of plans was purchased from a website for a one-off build of a particular tiny house. Before receiving the download a EULA had to be agreed to that specifically outlined the plans as being for a one-time build only. A few months later though it was discovered that this agreement had been negated and the purchaser had used the plans not just to build more than one house but to actually begin a business with the tiny house blueprinted in the plans. It was an inarguable case of copyright infringement. Or was it? Does copyright exist in the digital world? Is intellectual property a real thing? Can a person be sued for breaking a EULA? Just what does copyright mean in the tiny house world?
According to Plagiarism Today,
Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. Be it a painting, a photograph, a poem, a novel, or a tiny house design, if you created it, you own it and it’s the copyright law itself that assures that ownership. The ownership that copyright law grants comes with several rights that you, as the owner, have exclusively. Those rights include: Continue reading