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BassBully

259 posts in 2700 days


#1 posted 2692 days ago

I’m no lawyer but I don’t know how they can officially hold you to the agreement unless they had a patent on the design process which is very unlikely. Copyrights protect “intellectual” property which would protect the plan itself from duplication and the reselling of the plan, not the item you produced from the plan. If that could be upheld, then you could never measure any piece of woodwork and duplicate it which I’m confident is legally o.k.

If it was illegal, I would think all of the major cabinet makers would be suing each other right and left because their work is so similar.

It’s my long time theory that the verbiage is there as a deterrence to lessen the amount of competition by instilling fear in the reader. My wife makes crafts from plans and sometimes they’ll have similar wording stating that she may only make five or so replicas. How would they enforce this?

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