From left: CoStar CEO Andrew Florance and CompStak CEO Michael Mandel
CoStar Group has dropped its anti-piracy lawsuit against a number of anonymous CompStak users.
The suit alleged the CompStak users posted CoStar’s proprietary commercial real estate data to the rival website in violation of CoStar’s terms of service. The judge’s denial of CompStak’s motion to block a request to reveal the identities of four users named in the suit amounted to a victory, CoStar told the Washington Business Journal
“We basically got what we wanted,” CoStar spokesman Mark Klionsky told the publication. “We reached out to the John Does, we had what I would consider successful discussions with them, and they’ve agreed not to put our intellectual property into third-party systems.” [more]