Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wants to Publish 100-Year Old Floor Plans
Copyright for architectural works. Architectural drawings were not classified as protectable works until December, 1990. Prior to that, courts tended to protect architectural blueprints. The extent of protection may depend on how distinctive or elaborate the plans are, but it's likely the works you describe will meet the standards for protection.
Privacy. We don't believe that publication of architectural drawings would give rise to a successful invasion of privacy claim because the publication doesn’t disclose personal facts, or intrude into personal affairs. Even if we are correct, however, a wealthy homeowner could always still mount a tort claim. You may lower the chances of such a suit by not mentioning the names of the persons presently living at the home.