Dreaming of living in the White House, the governor’s mansion or the floating house from ‘Up’? Some homeowners create their own copies.
The Wall Street Journal
January 5, 2017
A reporter from the Wall Street Journal called on Nexsen Pruet attorney Jeff Reichard for insight into the impact of copyright law on building "replica homes." On January 5, Leigh Kamping-Carder wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal's Real Estate section. In the article, "For These Replica Homes, Imitation Is More Than Flattery", Reichard explained how the intricacies of copyright law affect the ability to freely replicate certain homes.
Home designs are protected under copyright law, with protections generally lasting 70 years after the creator’s death. That puts 18th-century mansions in the public domain, said Jeff Reichard, a construction and intellectual-property attorney with Nexsen Pruet, Greensboro, N.C.
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Jeffrey M. Reichard practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, construction and intellectual property. Jeff regularly represents owners, contractors and design professionals in all aspects of contract negotiation, litigation, dispute resolution and intellectual property enforcement, including architectural copyright infringement and related matters.