The owner of Apartments.com, a leading national apartment rental listing website, is suing competitor Apartment Hunters Inc. for allegedly copying and republishing its copyrighted photographs and other materials. According to the lawsuit, filed Dec. 18 in California federal court by Apartments.com owner CoStar Realty Information Inc. and operator Apartments LLC, Apartment Hunters stole “hundreds, if not thousands” of Apartment.com’s real estate listings and copyrighted photographs. What’s more, Apartment Hunters, which operates several apartment rental websites of its own, went to great lengths to conceal the theft in a “massive piracy scheme” that has allowed the company to unfairly compete with Apartments.com, the complaint alleges. “Defendants’ business is based, in significant part, on the willful and systematic theft of CoStar’s intellectual property,” CoStar alleges in the complaint. “Defendants’ conduct is knowing, willful and volitional, and...
- A lawsuit filed in California federal court by CoStar Realty Information alleges that Apartment Hunters stole “hundreds, if not thousands” of Apartment.com’s real estate listings and copyrighted photographs.
- The lawsuit notes that this is not the first time Apartment Hunters has run afoul of the law.
- CoStar claims it is entitled to millions in damages and a permanent injunction, and Apartment Hunters had not yet filed any response to the lawsuit.