The Fargo-Moorhead Home Builders Association is asking its members to be on the lookout for pirated house plans, reports Dave Kolpack of the Associated Press.

A civil lawsuit filed by Building Concepts Inc. accuses Brian and Linda Meier of federal copyright infringement. The complaint says the couple removed the copyright reservation and distributed the plans to general contractors, suppliers and tradesmen in an effort to elicit construction bids for the home.

The couple denies and the allegations.

They say they were dealing with more than one architect in the process and told every home builder who was shown the drawings to return or destroy them. The couple has filed a counterclaim accusing Building Concepts of failing to complete the plans in a timely manner and backing out on a deal to finance construction.

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