In a technology-driven age, the Internet has changed how prospective homebuyers search for their new home. For many, a search on Google is the first step before hiring a broker or getting prequalified for a mortgage. Although the Internet is a powerful tool widely utilized by many, there has been a growing concern for managing and protecting the integrity of real estate listings. Data scraping of listing data has become problematic for the real estate industry; as a result, this has caused irreparable harm to everyone. This comment highlights the benefits of awarding copyright protection to all contents of the original broker’s listing.
Kathryn Robinson, Providing Copyright Protection to Real Estate Listings: Protecting Brokers, Sellers, and Consumers, 15 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 318 (2016)