Somebody help me, Zillow is threatening to sue me pic.twitter.com/mEiQ7ddiqS— bad house tweeter (@mcmansionhell) June 26, 2017
A representative from Zillow, Emily Heffter, clarified the company's intent in response to a query from The Architect's Newspaper. The email contained a message from Katie Curnutte, the company's vice president of communications and public affairs, to Wagner that explained Zillow's beef with the images:
Official Statement from McMansion Hell pic.twitter.com/YNM9M9QDia— bad house tweeter (@mcmansionhell) June 26, 2017
[We] do not own the rights to many of the photos on our site, and therefore can’t give permission for third parties, such as yourself, to take the photos from our website for any purpose. We get them from brokerages and MLSs who are advertising homes for sale and through those agreements we have an obligation to protect the interest of the copyright holders who license the images to Zillow.In a revelation that should delight fans of the blog, Curnutte emphasized that "we do not want you to take down your blog." Today on Twitter, Wagner said that a new post, using images in the public domain, will be up this Saturday.
Y'all, I'll be back on Saturday. The post I'm doing for Looking Around is using Public Domain images from the LOC.— bad house tweeter (@mcmansionhell) June 27, 2017