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Apartment Hunters Inc. denies it stole photos and listing information

Company responds to copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Apartments.com
  • In December, the parent company of Apartments.com filed a lawsuit against Apartment Hunters Inc., alleging that it used an automated process to steal a high volume of copyrighted photographs and listing data.
  • Apartment Hunters Inc., which owns ApartmentHunterz.com, has responded by denying all claims and arguing that its local rental listing websites are not direct competition.
  • The filing, which serves as a response rather than a motion to dismiss, gives little insight about how the company intends to approach the lawsuit.

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Apartment Hunters Inc. has responded to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Apartments.com, denying that its conduct was "unlawful, unfair or fraudulent." In December, CoStar Realty Information, the parent company of Apartments.com, filed its suit in California federal court, alleging that Apartment Hunters used an automated copying or "scraping" process to steal a high volume of copyrighted photographs and other information from its national, online apartment listings. CoStar further alleged that Apartment Hunters and the company’s owners, Kevin Shayan and Steven Shayan, knew their actions were illegal and took steps to hide the theft by cropping or altering the photographs to remove the CoStar logo. On Feb. 8, Apartment Hunters filed a response to CoStar’s complaint and denied all of the company’s allegations. Apartment Hunters’ filing is a response to CoStar’s complaint, not a motion to dismiss, and it gives little insight about how it intends to appro...