On July 23, NAR filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office in its Notice of Inquiry regarding visual works.
NAR suggested a number of changes to the copyright registration and enforcement system that would help the real estate industry combat the problem of photo scraping. These include:
- Ease restrictions on group registrations of photographs
- Improve the copyright registration process to facilitate online registration
- Develop a more comprehensive online database of copyright records
- Permit non-exclusive licensees to seek remedies for copyright infringement
NAR will continue to work with the US Copyright Office as this proceeding moves forward.