COPYRIGHTS IN THE CAD/BIM ENVIRONMENTS, Whose are those, anyway?
Found almost everywhere:
Within drawings, in the Software programs You Use all day long, in you machines’ operation systems and Apps. In my eyes, I find CAD (&/or BIM) People, creative and therefore, I would expect them to respect copyrights (Their own as well as others’). So I would, so what?
If you go deeper, you’ll find a font (or a font family) that wasn’t part of your Operating System or your CAD Software – Deep in a Template File distributed widely – to all the people working in your project…. I can Imagine the guys that own that Font Copyright rubbing their hands and waiting till their investment gets the highest ROI (Return on Investment) possible – a Letter from a lawyer or worst, a Lawsuit worth hundred of thousands or even more. The same goes for a photo you’ve used (without permission) in your Website.
Have you ever read one of many license agreements you’ve signed?
You might think you have not signed but actually in most cases even the “I Agree” button is not mandatory and by pressing other buttons you sign the license agreement otherwise you cannot use it!
I once had to read the long AutoCAD License Agreement and it seems like the folded page in the medication case – especially the side effects of a specific medication!
Autodesk would never be exposed to any “side effect” of you using the software even in the worst case scenario of a terrible malpractice that cause heavy damages to the human race. Then it’s time we all understand that even in the case of perpetual licensing (RETRO) we did not really purchase the product but the right to use it!
By the way, nowadays many Fonts Copyright Owners will sell you A Yearly Subscription for utilizing their Fonts…
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