July 12th, 2016
Today Joel Rothman sent me the following status update on the CoreLogic Class Action suit we’ve been following for the last 2 years:
On behalf of plaintiffs Robert Stevens and Steven Vandel, we are disappointed at the decision of the District Court for the Southern District of California dismissing the plaintiffs’ complaint against CoreLogic for removal of copyright management information.
The decision is contrary to the evidence showing that Corelogic knew it was stripping photo metadata, and that even after CoreLogic claimed to have fixed its software, violations continued.
Plaintiffs also presented evidence that CoreLogic is currently removing metadata fields that relate to usage rights such as: Copyright Owner Name, Creator Work Email, Creator Work Telephone, Creator Work URL and Copyright Flag.
Even today, CoreLogic continues to remove certain copyright management information metadata and distribute photographs with the metadata stripped out in violation of 17 USC §1202, including on CoreLogic’s Partner InfoNet Program.
Plaintiffs plan to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Plaintiffs and their lawyers appreciate all the support they have received from the real estate photographer community and look forward to the day when a jury will decide this case on the merits.
Here is the complete text of the decision. Also, here is a post today (non-subscribers can only read this once) on the suit that was on Inman.com. For readers that are new to this subject here is a list of previous PFRE posts related to this subject.