Cases & Deals

National Association of REALTORS® files Supreme Court amicus brief in copyright case

Client(s) National Association of REALTORS®, American Property Owners Alliance, American Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Institute, Clear Capital, CCIM Institute, CoreLogic, CubiCasa, International Association of Assessing Officers, International Council of Shopping Centers, Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers, Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association, REALTORS® Land Institute, Redfin Corp., Residential Real Estate Council, Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Zillow Group, Inc.

Jones Day filed an amici curiae brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® and 17 other entities connected to the real estate industry in a copyright case involving floorplans. The brief principally argues that the Court should review the Eighth Circuit's decision that floorplans are not covered by a defense in the Copyright Act for making "pictures" or "pictorial representations" of certain architectural works in light of the destabilizing effects this ruling threatens to have to the real estate industry. The brief also argues that the Eighth Circuit's ruling conflicts with the Copyright Act's text, contextual clues, and basic interpretive principles.

Columbia House of Brokers Realty, Inc. et al. v. Designworks Homes, Inc. et al., No. 21-1217 (U.S.)