Stevens Copyright Lawsuit Update

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You may have heard about the Stevens Copyright Lawsuit involving one of our vendors, CoreLogic. We’re happy to report that CoreLogic won. At this time, we want to encourage all members to familiarize themselves with guidelines from the National Association of REALTORS® that say brokers should make sure they have the rights to any listing content they—or their agents—enter into the MLS. You can learn more about both in the following newsletter from CoreLogic:

July 26, 2016

A number of clients have asked me about the Stevens copyright lawsuit. I am pleased to tell you that CoreLogic® won. (The case could be appealed, however.) The most important takeaways are noted in the quotes below from Rouz Tabaddor, vice president and chief intellectual property and licensing counsel for CoreLogic, as reported by Inman News on July 12.

“When asked what agents and brokers worried about being sued by real estate photographers should do, Tabaddor advised them to follow guidelines from the National Association of REALTORS® that say brokers should make sure they have the rights to any listing content they—or their agents—enter into the MLS.”

“Agents and brokers should make sure that written — not verbal — agreements with photographers allow them unfettered use of photographs for real estate purposes,” Tabaddor told Inman.”

For more information, please read the Inman article (Inman subscription required).

I hope you’re enjoying the summer!

Chris Bennett

General Manager, Real Estate Solutions

CoreLogic