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Our new neighbours are claiming that they paid another architect for the design. It is virtually impossible for this new architect to come up with the identical design so I believe they somehow got hold of our design. My question is : can they legally use our architectural design without our consent?
Thank you for your reply.
We purchased our house 5 years ago as a finished product. The previous owners had hired an architect to design the house.
My question is, having purchased the house, are we the legal owners of the design as well, or can the previous owner sell the design without our consent.
thank you for your update, what course of action would you advise?
The design does have artistic value. It was the finalist in Grand Designs competition in 2010.
I can certainly get in touch with the architect who in all likelihood is not even aware that his design is being copied.
We are not in talking terms with previous owners. I suspect they may have even been the ones who supplied the design to the neighbours in return for a fee.