Copyright Infringement articles

VHT wins blockbuster $8M+ verdict against Zillow for copyright infringement of real estate photos

VHT wins blockbuster $8M+ verdict against Zillow for copyright infringement of real estate photos

VHT, the real estate photo giant, filed suit for copyright infringement against Zillow Group in July 2015 alleging that Zillow had been stealing tens of thousands of VHT’s photos and illegally using them for its own profit and gain on the Zillow Digs website. At the end of the two week trial the Seattle jury found

Real Estate Photography

Photography: It could be worth millions

If you find it on the internet than it must be free.  How wrong is that! It’s about time that photographers get the respect they deserve and their photographs receive the value that they deserve. Copyright infringement plaintiffs are entitled to recover actual damages or statutory damages.  Here are some ways those damages are computed.

Real Estate Photography

Do Real Estate and Architectural Photographers Need their own Association?

Our firm represents many real estate and architectural photographers. Our experience suggests that the unique challenges facing real estate photographers are not currently being addressed by the different photography associations.  Which raises the question, should real estate and architectural photographers unite and form their own association to represent their interests? The Existing Photography Associations do not Cover

MLS and Copyright

NAR Makes Changes to its MLS Policy that are Good for Real Estate Photographers

The National Association of Realtors has made some important revisions to its Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy.  These changes clarify NAR’s MLS policies to highlight the importance of licensing. It is now imperative for every real estate broker to understand copyright licensing.  It is also critical that photographers understand what rights real estate brokers need,

Fighting Infringement on Alibaba.com is a Game of Whack-a-Mole!

Alibaba.com is the world’s largest online business to business (B2B) marketplace.  If you are a creator, designer, inventor, product marketer, brand builder, or anyone else interested in global commerce or trade in consumer goods, you have probably either purchased from sellers on Alibaba.com, or cursed at sellers on Alibaba.com.  Or maybe both. Fakes and counterfeits run

Losing Control of your Copyrights on Social Media

It seems innocent enough.  Your interior designer client has posted one of your beautiful photographs of her latest installation to her Instagram account.  The photo highlights your client’s design of an expansive living room with vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace. Occupying the lower right corner of the frame is a demure crimson loveseat by high-end

Architects and Engineers: Look to Copyright for Protection

Sadly, it’s a recurring nightmare for architects, designers, developers, builders and others working in or servicing the construction industry.  You work hard and prepare a great set of plans and then, surprise, you are told that the project is canceled.  Sometimes the project is canceled before the plans are even finished.  But then, months later,

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