Agents: Watch out for copyright infringement

Attorneys advise registering your real estate photos
  • To be able to obtain statutory damages in case of copyright infringement, agents should register their photos with the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Agents should not assume they have permission to use a copyrighted work, attorneys say.

Let’s say a real estate agent takes a gorgeous photo of an iconic landmark in her town. She puts it on her website and uses it to spruce up her community page. But months later, she finds that same photo on someone’s website without her permission, and the owner won’t take it down.