RPR has so far refused to post the text of the RPR MLS Content License Agreement online. RPR’s president Marty Frame said (in a comment to a previous post about the agreement) that he hoped more of the discussion regarding relations between RPR and MLSs “will happen out in the open so that everyone can have the benefit of it.” When I asked Marty to post the agreement, he told me via email that “at this point the only public discussion we see about the agreement is coming from vendors and consultants,” that he’d like to see more debate coming from MLS execs, and that until they are the source of the comments, he’d rather “negotiate contracts as is typically done in private and among businesspeople and their attorneys.”
One of our clients consented to us posting the agreement they received from RPR on our blog. Interestingly, that client did not care to be identified as the source of the copy and wanted to make sure we removed any reference to it before posting. Legally, I suppose we could do that, but I’m concerned about introducing errors in the process of copying the text of the agreement, and consequently, I’d rather not post it.
This is not the only example that I have noted of folks with something to say or discuss regarding RPR who prefer not to be identified as the source of comments. I think this reasonably arises from a tendency by some in the industry to brand those who question or disagree with NAR’s plans as “traitors to the REALTOR blue.” I’ve witnessed some of that first-hand over the years – it is not merely paranoia. This is probably why Marty is not seeing MLS execs or brokers commenting in the public forums as frequently as consultants and advisors.
So, I’ll make an offer to the industry: If you are a broker or MLS exec and want to share a comment about RPR anonymously, please email me, and I can post it as a comment without identifying the source except in general terms (E.g., “From the CEO of a medium-sized MLS” or “From the marketing director of a large regional brokerage firm.”)
Also, in some upcoming posts, I’ll comment on specific provisions of the current version of the agreement, with reference to section numbers, etc. If you are an MLS exec and want to follow along, request a copy of the agreement on the RPR blog (link on the right invites: “MLS: Request Enrollment Package”). If you are a broker, ask your MLS to get you a copy. If you advise MLSs as a consultant or lawyer, ask one of your clients for a copy – as far as I know, they are free to share it with you. If you have a copy and are willing to post it, please do so and let us know so we can link to it from here.