In a previous post we discussed some sellers’ concerns related to the possibility of ‘virtual showings,’ where buyers’ agents come to listings, take photos, make video recordings, or even live-stream … Read more about Virtual Showings: buyers and their brokers’ considerations
Virtual Showings: seller considerations
These days business as usual looks a little different. Stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 make some in-person activities more difficult. Showings … Read more about Virtual Showings: seller considerations
MLS photographer program considerations
Several MLSs have recently launched MLS photographer programs. Under such a program, the MLS works directly with photographers to increase market options and transparency, reduce risk for involved … Read more about MLS photographer program considerations
Copyright office proposed fee increase
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
Who owns the listing content?
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?
Keep it simple, stupid
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
License scope (and Trulia Direct Reference)
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)
Getty Images, MLSs, and strict liability for copyright infringement
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
Copyright ownership of MLS listings – a refresher
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
Follow the listing record
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
MLSs and brokers infringing copyrights?
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?