Recent vendor events have prompted us to address what may seem obvious: our duty is to our clients. Period. Another event with a vendor functions as a compliment to our firm’s value proposition—but … Read more about A shot over the bow
Strategic view of proposed NAR social media, RSS, mobile policy
In Anaheim next week, NAR will likely pass the social media (and RSS etc.) policy proposed by its newest PAG on the topic. Elizabeth has summarized some of the tactical details on the social media … Read more about Strategic view of proposed NAR social media, RSS, mobile policy
NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
This post is by Larson/Sobotka attorney and consultant Elizabeth Sobotka. This post discusses proposals to change NAR policy regarding how and where MLS participants may display IDX data. The … Read more about NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
A quick and dirty discussion of defensive .xxx registration
The post below is written by Mitch Skinner, the lawyer who joined our firm earlier this year. He's been crazy busy doing data licensing agreements for MLSs (CoreLogic, RPR, etc.) over the summer but … Read more about A quick and dirty discussion of defensive .xxx registration
What if the MLS industry does not apply for the .MLS top-level domain?
(This post originally appeared on the MLS Domains Association's website.) Our client, MLS Domains Association, is planning to obtain .MLS as a new top-level domain (TLD) on the Internet. Common … Read more about What if the MLS industry does not apply for the .MLS top-level domain?
CMLS legal counsel seminar, October 5
I'm really excited about the program that our firm has worked on with John Rees and Chris Osborn for the CMLS legal counsel seminar, held in conjunction with the CMLS annual conference in Tucson in … Read more about CMLS legal counsel seminar, October 5
RPR: A year (or so) later
A couple hundred MLSs have signed agreements to license data to RPR in the last 18 months. Some of those agreements have already “auto-renewed” for their second year, and many others are yet to do so. … Read more about RPR: A year (or so) later
“Franchisor IDX indexing”: Misnomer and mistake
Sorry for the quite long post, but there's quite a lot to say about this topic!There has been much discussion of a National Association of REALTORS® policy, which NAR officially refers to as “display … Read more about “Franchisor IDX indexing”: Misnomer and mistake
Update on the CIVIX issue
Like many folks in the industry, we've spent the first couple days of this week looking over the final documents that embody the deal NAR struck with CIVIX last week. The final documents had terms … Read more about Update on the CIVIX issue
Has NAR solved the “CIVIX problem”?
(UPDATE 5/25: We published an update on this subject. Markups on this post reflect that newer information.)At NAR’s midyear meetings last week, NAR General Counsel Laurie Janik and industry consultant … Read more about Has NAR solved the “CIVIX problem”?
Punting on syndication post #2
I'm punting the next post on syndication for a couple days. Things are very busy in my office this week, and I owe a couple projects to clients before I can finish editing the next post on … Read more about Punting on syndication post #2
A Listing Syndication Discussion
Updated Feb 16, 2011: Revision to definition to address IDX Additions are underlined, deletions struck through. There has been a great deal of talk and writing lately about MLS/broker listing … Read more about A Listing Syndication Discussion