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Homestore takes legal action on data threat

A la mode says Realtors will be hurt by cease and desist order

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Homestore is trying to stop technology companies from enabling Realtors to download their MLS home listings data from to their individual Web sites. The company issued a cease-and-desist order to A la mode, demanding it shut down a feature on its real estate agent Web sites that enables agents to pull their own listings directly from Homestore claims in the cease-and-desist order that A la mode is enabling Realtors to trespass on Homestore's computer system to acquire copyrighted data. "A la mode is violating Homestore's copyrights and is in breach of the terms of use," according to the demand letter. Homestore operates, the official home listings Web site of the National Association of Realtors. The company also provides marketing exposure and technology products to the real estate industry. A la mode, which provides technology and Web site services to real estate agents, reluctantly disabled the function today. After negotiating wi...