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Who Owns the Copyright for Real Estate Images?

August 6th, 2018

Jack in Florida says: I’m starting to get confused about who actually owns copyright privileges to the images that are posted on the MLS. Our local area Real Estate Association seems to think that they do once they are on MLS. They even put their Association logo on the images posted to MLS. Do real […]

The Cost of US Photo Copyright Registration Increases on Feb 20th – Do You Register Your Photos?

February 5th, 2018

Kerry in Iowa points out that: It looks like beginning Feb 20th, 2018, we (US Photographers) will be limited to 750 photos per registration. (See: this page). Based on the number of photos I registered last year, the new rule is going to increase my registration fees this year by at least $110. I’m sure […]

Does My MLS Have the Right to Put Their Copyright on My Image?

November 22nd, 2017

Larry in Washington DC asks: I occasionally look at Pixsy to see how my photos are being grabbed online for unauthorized use. Recently, I saw a couple of photos I shot for a Realtor appear in the Washingtonian Magazine in Washington, DC. They have the ©MRIS mark on them. If I license my photos to […]

Summary of Photo Copyright Considerations for Real Estate Photographers

November 12th, 2017

Pat in Ohio asks: I have been a real estate photographer for a year now. Just want to confirm who owns the rights of the photographs taken? The real estate company or the Realtor or the photographer? I have been using the photographs for my business card, brochures, website, FaceBook, and Instagram. Just want to […]

House Bill Brings the Possibility of a Small Claims Copyright System One Step Closer

October 10th, 2017

Last week there was a post over on on the new House Bill introduced to deal with the small claims copyright problem we are all aware of. Michael Zhang says:

Is Putting Screen Captures from Movies on TV Screens in Interior Images a Copyright Violation?

September 25th, 2017

Bruce in Connecticut asks: Recently I shot a home with a couple of movie theaters and the homeowner has asked if I could put clips of Forest Gump on one screen and a clip from Rocky on another. I am reluctant to do so as I don’t know the ramifications with regards to copyright. I […]

Does a Client Modifying Your Video Constitute Copyright Infringement?

August 23rd, 2017

Ken in Texas said: I recently shot some photos and video of a vacant lot for a Realtor. I asked him if he wanted music on the video and he declined. A few days later, I saw the video on his YouTube channel and he had added music to it. He also linked to that […]

Blockbuster $8M+ Verdict Against Zillow for Copyright Infringement of Real Estate Photos

February 14th, 2017

This article by Joel Rothman reposted from VHT, the real estate photo giant, filed suit for copyright infringement against Zillow Group in July 2015 alleging that Zillow had been stealing tens of thousands of VHT’s photos and illegally using them for its own profit and gain on the Zillow Digs website. At the end […]

Copyright Registration Workflow For Real Estate Photographers

October 11th, 2016

I got a question from Brandon on copyright workflow: I can’t find anything definitive in either the Flickr group or on the website/blog. Is there a general consensus (or at least a fairly reliable source) on the current exact recommended procedure for “bulk-registering” image copyrights? For example, registering four times per year as groups of […]

Licensed Agent/Photographers May Not Be Able To Retain Photo Copyrights For Their Listing Photos

September 22nd, 2016

Alexander Stross who is a licensed agent in Austin, TX and a photographer sent me a link to Venkat Balasubramani’s article over at  describing a suit that Alexander filed against Redfin. The 5th circuit court recently ruled against Alexander. The essence of the case is as follows: Stross is a photographer and broker who participates […]

A Must Read For Real Estate Photographers That Worry About Protecting Their Copyright

February 2nd, 2016

I just got an email from Steve Schlackman an IP attorney and author of the blog about artistic copyright issues. Steve highlighted a recent blog post titled Six Steps to Safer Image Sharing by Chris Reed that I found very interesting because: It features a study of social media sites that tested how each social […]

Losing Control of your Copyrights on Social Media

January 13th, 2016

This is a guest post by Joel Rothman of Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC. It seems innocent enough. Your interior designer client has posted one of your beautiful photographs of her latest installation to her Instagram account. The photo highlights your client’s design of an expansive living room with vaulted ceiling and massive […]

Great News: NAR is Finally Educating Realtors About Listing Photo Copyright Law

November 26th, 2015

The good news: Finally the US National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is educating Realtors about copyright issues involved with listing photos (see this NAR article). This should have started long ago, but let’s be thankful that they finally realized that photo copyright is an area that agents need education. This is a very significant development […]

With ImageRights, You Can Now Legally Copyright Your Photos Directly Out of Lightroom

October 29th, 2015

Andy on the Big Island pointed out this article at that explains that now has a Lightroom plugin that allows you to submit images for Copyright directly to the US Copyright offices right out of Lightroom. is a legal service that helps photographers protect and defend their copyright. The video to the right is […]

Zillow Copyright Suit Charges Zillow Uses Photos Of Sold Properties

July 21st, 2015

Many readers have pointed out that Zillow has been sued by VHT claiming that the home improvement site is violating copyrights on hundreds of real estate photos. John Cook at has an article the summarizes the VHT’s suit against Zillow. The suit alleges that: Zillow uses photographs from homes that are not for […]