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Why Should I Care?

Because you are piracy's real victim

You know what CoStar’s services mean to your work. That’s why you invest in your success with one or more CoStar commercial real estate information services. Anyone who illegally uses CoStar services threatens your competitive advantage in at least three ways –

  • Costs you deals
  • Reduces CoStar’s ability to enhance services
  • May cost you more in a higher subscription fee

Piracy Punishment
The penalties for piracy are high. In civil cases, infringers can be liable for CoStar’s lost profits, the infringer’s profits, or statutory damages of up to $150,000 per work infringed (plus CoStar’s attorney fees). And criminal prosecution? That also applies for certain types of piracy. Play it safe. Don’t risk piracy’s costly and embarrassing consequences.
Report pirates (PDF)

Piracy hurts people that work for you
Left unchecked, piracy threatens the job security of CoStar's researchers, photographers and software programmers. These professionals work on behalf of you, your clients and those that market their listings with us free-of-charge. Who are these professionals? Take a moment to meet a few of them:

Meet a CoStar Researcher
Esperanza Robles is a CoStar Research Manager in San Diego that serves the Austin, Houston and San Antonio markets. Esperanza has worked for CoStar for four years.

Meet a CoStar Photographer
Kristen Thomas
is a CoStar Research Photographer in the South Bay area of California. Kristen has worked for CoStar for eight years.

Meet a CoStar Programmer
Anand Ramachandran
is a CoStar Technical Manager working in our Bethesda office. Anand has worked for CoStar for three years.

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The unlicensed use or copying of CoStar services is not fair to you or CoStar. Plus it’s against the law.

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