Teri in Denver recently said:
Many Denver area Realtors received an email today stating that they needed to have the copyright to their listing photos. This was sent by the National Association of Realtors and they were also sent a link to a form to send to their photographers so that they, the agents, would now own the copyright. The National Association of Realtors quoted the Zillow lawsuit as their reasoning. I wish I had access to the email and will try to get it from my realtors.
Yes, this type of thinking by NAR (National Association of Realtors) is not new. We've reported on it in this post back in January of 2016. The basic problem is that the NAR is an association focused on looking out for Realtors only. To solve this issue, there needs to be an association focused on looking out for Photographers that can work out a licensing agreement that works for Realtors, MLSs, and Photographers.
The process of forming an association of real estate photographers is actually underway. One of their first tasks is to create and negotiate a licensing agreement that works for all the parties involved in the real estate marketing process.
So hang in there and don't give up your photo rights! A solution is on the way. We will report on results as soon as possible!