Lawsuit Over Photo Copyright in MLS Dismissed

When Alexander Stross, a REALTOR® and architectural photographer in Texas, found his sold-listing photos on a website operated by real estate brokerage Redfin, he sued the brokerage for copyright infringement. Yet in September, a Texas federal court directed Stross to raise his concerns with his MLS rather than in federal court. The court held that Stross lacked standing to sue to enforce the MLS rules. Although the court did not rule on Redfin’s defense that it was protected from copyright infringement claims under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it did acknowledge that Redfin’s argument was “persuasive.” Read more about this case at nar.realtor.

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