Hyatt v. Hirshfeld (08.18.2021)
Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Thomson Sailors Homes, LLC

Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Columbia House of Brokers Realty, Inc.

In sum, we hold that § 120(a) does not provide a defense to copyright infringement to real estate companies, their agents, and their contractors when they generate and publish floorplans of homes they list for sale. Our decision does not preclude the district court on remand from considering whether some other defense might apply or whether the plaintiffs have demonstrated a claim of copyright infringement in the first place.

We therefore reverse the district court's grants of summary judgment to defendants on the primary infringement claim as well as on the claims for contributory and vicarious infringement, vacate the court's orders awarding the defendants costs and attorney's fees, and remand for further proceedings.

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