Vintage Projects Safety, Legal, Copyright


Many of the plans on this site are very outdated in terms of modern safety standards and modern materials. These plans are provided "as-is", and Limestone Media nor offer any assurances that they are safe. You are directed to use common sense, and consult professionals before attempting to follow these plans.

Copyright Issues

Our site started as a mirror of the site after it was closed and contains their original documents. We still have been unable to track down the former webmaster of the vintage farm plans site. We extend great thanks to the original authors, publishers, and especially to the owner of the site for graciously allowing their work to be continued.

We have continued the work of the VFP site, and have been trying as best we can to re-verify their claim that all their materials were outside of copyright.

We believe that all the plans here are outside of their copyright, and are published here for free, educational and historical purposes. These plans are not for sale and we direct any users of them to not attempt to sell them.

However, because of the byzantine copyright registration system in this country, from time to time we may accidentally publish a plan that is protected.

If we have made a mistake, and you are the original author of any of these plans and believe them to still be under copyright, please email us describing the circumstances. We will remove any copyrighted material as soon as humanly possible.

You may do your own research at the U.S. Copyright Office. Another simple chart is available at Cornell's Copyright Information Center.

Works Originally Created and Published or Registered before January 1, 1978


Under the law in effect before 1978, copyright was secured either on the date a work was published with a copyright notice or on the date of registration if the work was registered in unpublished form. In either case, the copyright endured for a first term of 28 years from the date it was secured. During the last (28th) year of the first term, the copyright was eligible for renewal. The Copyright Act of 1976 extended the renewal term from 28 to 47 years for copyrights that were subsisting on January 1, 1978, or for pre-1978 copyrights restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), making these works eligible for a total term of protection of 75 years. Public Law 105-298 , enacted on October 27, 1998, further extended the renewal term of copyrights still subsisting on that date by an additional 20 years, providing for a renewal term of 67 years and a total term of protection of 95 years.

Public Law 102-307, enacted on June 26, 1992, amended the 1976 Copyright Act to provide for automatic renewal of the term of copyrights secured between January 1, 1964, and December 31, 1977. Although the renewal term is automatically provided, the Copyright Office does not issue a renewal certificate for these works unless a renewal application and fee are received and registered in the Copyright Office.

Public Law 102-307 makes renewal registration optional. Thus, filing for renewal registration is no longer required in order to extend the original 28-year copyright term to the full 95 years. However, some benefits accrue from making a renewal registration during the 28th year of the original term.

Works Originally Created on or after January 1, 1978

A work that is created on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author's life plus an additional 70 years after the author's death. In the case of "a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire," the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author's identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.