CoreLogic has emerged the victor in a two-year-old lawsuit that alleged the company stripped identifying information from millions of listing photographs uploaded to MLSs -- thereby making it more difficult for real estate photographers to protect their images against copyright infringement. In a complaint originally filed in May 2014, real estate photographers Robert Stevens and Steven Vandel accused CoreLogic -- the nation's largest MLS system vendor -- of stripping "copyright management information" (CMI) metadata from home images uploaded to the company's multiple listing service platforms in violation of copyright law. Copyright management information can include the name of the photographer, title of the work, owner of the photograph, terms and conditions for use, or other identifying information such as when and where the photograph was taken. The complaint, which sought class-action status, further alleged that CoreLogic illegally copied the images into its subscr...
- CoreLogic has beat a lawsuit in which two real estate photographers alleged the company stripped identifying information from millions of listing photographs uploaded to MLSs.
- The court found the photographers had failed to prove that copyright management information was on the photos uploaded to the MLS or that CoreLogic intentionally removed that information.
- CoreLogic's attorney advises agents and brokers to follow guidelines from the National Association of Realtors that say brokers should make sure they have the rights to any listing content they -- or their agents -- enter into the MLS.