Tomorrow, I’ll be on a panel with some smart people—Russ Bergeron, Bob Hale, and Merri Jo Cowen—at Inman Connect in San Francisco to offer “a candid look at the technological, legal and business … Read more about Can the Spark Platform transform MLS subscriber services?
Rob Hahn has said there is no meaningful difference between IDX and syndication and that he thinks brokers pulling out of syndication are a harbinger of IDX's demise; but I think he’s dead wrong. I’ll … Read more about IDX makes sense for brokers, even those who won’t syndicate
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
Victor Lund over at WAV Group has posted suggestions about carrying the NAR SM/IDX discussion further. I discussed this in a previous post. I thought I'd put my comments about Victor's post here.It … Read more about More on NAR’s SM/IDX Policy
(Got this one under 1,000 words! WOOT!)I noted previously that the changes NAR is proposing to Sections 18.1 through 18.4 of its IDX policy are generally good. (Here are links to my disuccsion of it; … Read more about New NAR IDX policy proposals (Part 2)
MLSs sometimes face the following scenario: Broker A puts a listing record into the MLS relating to 123 Elm Street. Broker B either (a) also puts in a listing record for the same property after Broker … Read more about Is first-in-time first-in-right? Maybe
Back in November, I posted proposing that we have an open discussion about social media in IDX. I began the discussion with a long post on December 9, trying to decide what counts as a social media … Read more about NAR’s new IDX policy revision proposals
I proposed back on November 18 that we should have an open discussion about social media and IDX. Enough folks responded here and on Facebook, etc., that they'd like to see the discussion. In later … Read more about SM/IDX: What counts as a social media platform?
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
I assume you are aware that I was wrong two weeks ago, when I said I expected NAR would pass the new social media IDX policy out of a sense of fatigue. In fact, the multiple listing policy committee … Read more about SM/IDX: We can do this together
Update late Nov. 10: Be sure to see some additional comments from Cliff Niersbach at NAR below. He corrects what may be a mistake in the way that I've described this. -BIn this afternoon's NAR legal … Read more about Q&A with NAR policy staff on proposed IDX policy changes