SAWJ Meeting Minutes 8-11-2016

President William Haggerty called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  Mr. Haggerty asked for the membership to introduce themselves, then invited the presenter to begin.

SPEAKER

The speakers tonight are Ed and Hannah Pagan discussing copyright issues and infringement.  Also included in the topic were surveyors and engineers clients ownership, licenses, and transfer of copyrights, etc.20160811_194029

The presentation focused on surveyors and intellectual property, discussion was made about what exactly can be copyrighted, how copyright is defined and how can our industry protect itself.

Ed and Hannah Pagan presented on the need for clear and concise contracting in our industry and how contract can protect surveyors against copyright infringement.  It must be agreed upon up front what the survey will be used for and what it should not be used for.  It is not enough to put disclaimer notes on the final plan.

Ed and Hannah Pagan concluded and opened the floor for questions.  The presentation concluded at 9:10pm.

BUSINESS MEETING

TREASURER REPORT

Treasurer, Richard Sapio, presented the following financial report, dated July 14, 2016.

Checking       $XXXXXX

Savings          $XXXXXX

Duck              $XXXXXX

Scholarship  $XXXXXX

TOTAL         $XXXXXX

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Chip Adamson was unavailable to give a report in person, but a draft of the NJSPLS Board of Directors meeting was given briefly by President Bill Haggerty.  A hard copy of the full report is available upon request.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business

NEW BUSINESS

Elections for next year’s board members will take place soon.  The membership was asked to prepare nominations for the September meeting.  It was suggested that member wishing to nominate individuals for position find out if that individual would be willing to take the appointment, if elected.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camden County deeds are now available online

Mercer County new FEMA maps have become effective dated July 20, 2016.

CLOSING

 At 9:30 pm it was moved to adjourn the meeting; seconded, and approved by voice-vote.

Craig Stratton, Recording Secretary