Family Sued for Copying Neighbors’ House

by admin on October 6, 2017


According to The Star, a pair of homeowners in Canada have sued their neighbors for renovating their house to look ‘strikingly similar’ to theirs.

Jason and Jodi Chapnik filed a lawsuit against neighbor Babara Ann Kirshenblatt, along with her husband and brother-in law, who designed and built the house. They claim that the family has infringed on their copyright, and sought $1.5 million (40 million baht) in damages and requested that they change the design of their home.

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The Chapkins claim their home is “one of the most well-known and admired houses” in the neighborhood, and that the Kirshenblatt family had reduced the value of their “unique house” by copying it.

Kirshenblatt’s lawyer stated that there was “no admission of guilt or liability” and the matter was eventually settled out of court.

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