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Editor's note: The following excerpt appears on the Inman News Blog and shows the divergent views the industry has about who owns property listing data. The passages were taken from reader comments on the topic of listings ownership and do not reflect Inman News' opinion. To discuss your thoughts on the topic, click here. NO ONE OWNS IT "The answer is exactly the same for the question, 'Who owns your published telephone number listing?' The underlying data is unprotectable under the law. And, as with the telephone company analogy, simple data lists are unprotectable. If photos are used, they can be copyrighted; if unique prose-like descriptive copy is used, it might be protected unless the word picture is fully descriptive of the facts and there are few choices for an alternative descr...