BETHESDA, MD -- CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of information services to commercial real estate professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom, today announced it has resolved a copyright infringement dispute with a commercial real estate firm in New York City and Above New York, Inc., an online listings database that hosts the AboveNY.com Web site.
CoStar Group learned of the AboveNY.com database and its apparent ties to a CoStar licensee in late November 2002. Recognizing that there did not appear to be a sufficient research staff supporting the AboveNY.com site, CoStar launched an investigation. The investigation revealed that significant portions of CoStar's copyrighted database were reproduced and posted on the site without permission, including content fingerprinted by CoStar to identify misuse.
The parties agreed to pay CoStar up to $160,000 to settle the dispute, and the offending portions of the database have been destroyed. Under the settlement, CoStar has received a portion of the cash settlement amount and agreed to defer the remainder to be paid in the event of future violation.
"Our licenses grant our customers very broad rights to use the CoStar products licensed to them, but what happened here was way over the line," commented Carla Garrett, CoStar's general counsel. "Our loyal customers depend on the continued availability, enhancement and reasonable pricing of our databases, and we must protect our investment."
About CoStar Group, Inc.
CoStar Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: CSGP) is the leading provider of information services to commercial real estate professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom. CoStar's suite of products offers customers access via the Internet to the most comprehensive, verified database of commercial real estate information on 50 U.S. markets, London and the United Kingdom. Based in Bethesda, MD, the company has approximately 875 employees in 34 offices throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including the largest professional research organization in the industry.