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Zillow wins bid to slash multimillion-dollar VHT photo copyright verdict

Judge affirms finding of willful infringement of thousands of images, however

July 11, 2017 UPDATE: A federal court issued a final judgment on this case on July 10, upholding last month's $4.05 million ruling against Zillow Group. The final judgment -- with VHT's agreement -- dismissed without prejudice VHT's indirect copyright infringement claims for the 114 photos on which the court had granted a new trial in last month's order. "Without prejudice" means that VHT could choose to bring the claims again. VHT and Zillow Group have 30 days to appeal the final judgment. Zillow Group today declined to comment on whether it would do so. VHT today affirmed its intent to appeal as described in the article below. Looks like real estate giant Zillow Group may only be on the hook for half of a copyright infringement verdict awarded to real estate photography firm VHT earlier this year. In February, a federal court ordered Zillow Group to pay $8.3 million in statutory and actual damages after a jury found that the real estate company had infringed 28,125 of VHT’s p...