July 26, 2017Publication

Brokers Are Creators, Too: Using Copyrights to Leverage Real Estate Listings

Seattle Business magazine

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Kate Spelman co-authored an article in Seattle Business magazine’s August issue with Weyerhaeuser in-house counsel Julia Abelev. The article, titled “Brokers Are Creators, Too,” discusses how using copyright law proactively can equip creative real estate professionals with the tools to protect their created content.

Among the most important assets a real estate professional creates and relies on are the photographs and data that comprise his/her property listings. Copyrights, especially registered copyrights, are one of the most cost-effective strategies for protecting such content from misuse by third parties. Proactive registration provides the opportunity for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees.