All architects and designers plans that are sold through are protected by copyright. Here are the nuts and bolts of what you should know about the copyright laws as they pertain to the residential home design and building industry: Purchasing a set of House Plan transfers no right or ownership of the plan to the purchaser. The purchaser has merely purchased a limited license to build that structure one time, and one time only. The House Plan may not be lent, given away, or sold by the purchaser. Making photocopies of, or reproducing in any form, the blueprints, house plans, architecture drawings, or any other related artwork without the written consent of the creator is illegal.