Thomas Strong, P.L.S.
This course covers
the importance of protecting maps and drawings by using copyright. It details
each step the professional needs to take in order to copyright their drawings. This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is intended for design professional and land surveyors
Benefit to Attendees
Attendee of this course will be able to effectively copyright their drawings, maps and other professional prepared products.
More than most
professionals, surveyors and design professionals run the risk that their work
will be used for something other than was intended. This happens for example
when a plan drawn for title insurance purposes is later used as a base plan
for architectural design or a mortgage loan inspection plan is later used for
building fences along property lines, or architectural plans are copied and
These problems may be alleviated by the use of a copyright.
What is copyright?
The United States Copyright Office defines copyright as " a form of protection
provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of original works of
authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other
In October 1976, President Ford signed into law the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, which can be found at Title 17, United States Code. The Copyright Act provides copyright protection to original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated. Included among the several areas defined, as works of authorship are pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works. It is under this category that the Copyright Act protects maps and surveys.
The Copyright Act gives exclusive right to the maker of the copyrighted document to reproduce the document, prepare derivative works from the copyrighted document, distribute copies of the document, and display the document publicly. Any one exercising any of these exclusive rights, has infringed on the owner's copyright.
Course ContentThe link to the course content is as follows:
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You need to open or download the above document to study this course.
Land Surveyors often overlook the possibility of adverse possession in their daily work. This oversight can be a dangerous way to practice, since adverse possession may be in effect on any given boundary line at any time. The surveyor needs to be on guard if he is to protect himself from unnecessary liability with respect to unwritten title conveyances.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.