Some real estate pros take aim at anti-piracy legislation

Critics worry bills would interfere with sharing of real estate data

Some real estate practitioners and technologists have taken a stance against federal anti-piracy legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (SOPA) and the Senate (PIPA), worried that it could restrict the legitimate sharing of real estate information online.

Online user-generated encyclopedia site Wikipedia blacked out its site today to protest the anti-piracy legislation that critics say could have wide-reaching and "scary" ramifications for most Internet users and the nation’s burgeoning e-commerce sector. And Craigslist, a popular real estate listings site, is among the sites that lent their weight to the protest movement with messages and information about the legislation. Google’s logo was blacked out today in recognition of the protest, while the site remained fully accessible.