Realtor association awarded $2.7 million in copyright suit

The Key West Association of Realtors Inc. (KWAR) was awarded $2.7 million by a federal district court for a copyright suit it brought against an individual who ran websites, including KeyWestMLS.com, with unlicensed data, content and images from a multiple listing service (MLS) maintained by KWAR.

The judge in the case said he set the penalty high to deter others from illegally using MLS-copyrighted content.

The case is similar to the copyright infringement suit brought by two large regional MLSs, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. and NorthStar MLS, against the website NeighborCity.com, said Laurie Janik, general counsel for the National Association of Realtors.

Source: National Association of Realtors

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