June 20th, 2016
I was surfing RE porn and this listing came up. I noticed that Zillow claims the copyright to the photos. I doubt that anyone from Zillow took those pictures. I guess this happens when the portals strip the meta-data and claim the works as their own. Interested in your thoughts.
A couple of things about this listing:
- First of all. My interpretation is that the little copyright symbol and the words “image provided by Zillow” in the bottom left of each image isn’t Zillow claiming they own the copyright to the image, it’s the DailyMail.com indicating where they got the photo… they are just saying we got the photo from Zillow… obviously Zillow just got it from some MLS in Florida.
- Notice the Billy Joel photo. It says “Copyright Getty Images”. Getty Images has lawyers and will come after publications that infringe on their rights. The Daily Mail probably paid Getty Images or got permission to use that photo.
- To really understand whether or not the Daily Mail is out of line for using the listing photos, you have to check with the listing agent. The use of these photos is well within the standard photo licensing that listing agents get from real estate photographers that allow the photos to be used to market the home. Having the photos in the Daily Mail is marketing.
The Bottom line is there likely are no rights violations going on here.