CoStar starts going after password-sharing users in latest legal blitz

CoStar Group is following through on its threat to sue individuals who steal access to its platform. 

The $14B, D.C.-based commercial real estate data giant filed seven lawsuits Wednesday evening in six different federal courts against real estate professionals based in New Jersey, California, Oregon, Texas and Georgia. 

The lawsuits allege that individuals who did not pay for CoStar’s platform obtained user names and passwords to its subscription database from authorized users. It says they then used the platform to access information on hundreds of properties for their own business purposes. CoStar said it contacted each individual and offered a resolution in which they would sign up for a subscription and pay for their past use, but it said they declined. 

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