I’ve seen different articles and posts about photos rights, and people using photos from a previous listing or another agent. Some people think their MLS has rights to any photos in their system, so they think it’s okay. But just because someone previously uploaded them to the MLS doesn’t mean they have rights to the photos.
Here’s an interesting article about a photographer who went after an agent for using a photo of his without permission - and was awarded $1,000 for a single image. But read the article closely, it references another case from last year where a photographer was awarded $12 million from a real estate company who used multiple images without permission.
The moral of the story: Unless you took the photos yourself, find who has rights to them before you use them at all. Even if you hired a professional photographer, odds are you only have limited usage rights. You typically don’t own those photos outright.
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