I have performed some field
work (specifically an as built survey on the sanitary sewer and storm drain
systems of a new subdivision) which the general contractor in charge of
building the subdivision has not paid for. The data from this field work has been
forwarded to a local engineering firm in order that they can satisfy
city/county requirements for as built data. My question: What is the general
opinion concerning contacting the local engineering firm and issuing a
statement regarding the use of this intellectual property without payment?
Should the engineering firm honor such data as still being the property of the
surveyor until such time as payment is made by the contractor before utilizing
said data? Would contacting the engineering firm be ethical?
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Use of Data by Third Parties
July 10, 2012