The Copyright Office proposed new fees for copyright applications (see here). The proposed fee for the type of applications MLSs submit constitutes a 488% increase. We thought that was unreasonable. … Read more about Copyright office proposed fee increase
I’m back at it after a quick trip to Inman Connect San Francisco 2015. It was a good conference, and I wish I could’ve stayed for more of it. I was honored to participate in a discussion led by Brian … Read more about Who owns the listing content?
No, I’m not talking to you. I’m thinking out loud. Please do not be offended. It is easy for me lose sight of the “big picture” when dealing with data distribution legal issues on a day-in and … Read more about Keep it simple, stupid
The following is not intended to be legal advice and describes legal concepts in generalized terms. If you have specific questions regarding your organization or a specific agreement, please contact … Read more about License scope (and Trulia Direct Reference)
The following is not intended to be legal advice and only describes legal concepts in generalized terms with assumptions about the MLS industry. If you have specific questions regarding your … Read more about Getty Images, MLSs, and strict liability for copyright infringement
There are new industry grumblings of websites infringing MLS and broker copyrights. We have received several emails regarding the alleged infringement, and I am communicating with one website owner on … Read more about Copyright ownership of MLS listings – a refresher
It's easy to lose track of where listing records go. From IDX sites to VOWs to third party aggregators to data licensees, the path of listings can be confusing. Hopefully this simplified* chart will … Read more about Follow the listing record
Dashing off a quick post tonight.Elizabeth wrote earlier this year about the basics of copyright. But she was writing from the perspective of protecting MLS and broker copyrights. Today, I'm concerned … Read more about MLSs and brokers infringing copyrights?
Facebook and other social networking websites are increasingly popular not only for individual personal use, but also for business relationships. Real estate brokers can easily make connections with … Read more about Can a real estate broker post another broker’s listings on Facebook?
Many MLSs are expanding the data they permit to be displayed in IDX – including off-market statuses and fields they previously excluded. This is in response, in part, to the arrival of VOWs and to … Read more about Online Contracting: Extending legal rights over data pirates?
As I explained in my last post, ownership in the copyrights in the data content in an MLS is 'scattered' in most MLSs: The MLS (or perhaps its MLS vendor or both jointly) owns the copyright in the … Read more about Copyrights in facts and copyright licenses: Copyrights in MLS listing content Part II