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  • Recently, the Copyright Office has issued requests for clarification to hundreds of MLSs regarding their MLS database copyright registration applications. The Office asserts that the applications do not demonstrate sufficient creativity in the arrangement, selection, or coordination of the compilation. NAR has secured a grace period during which the Copyright Office will not take any adverse...

  • It is crucial to know what rights you own in photographs and how those rights permit you to use the photographs. Brokerages should take every step to own their property listing photographs, or if ownership is not possible, to obtain a broad exclusive license to use the photographs. In order to assist members and member firms, NAR Legal Affairs created sample agreements, specifically a Work...

  • Watch this month’s Window to the Law video to learn about the new requirement that all copyright agents must be digitally registered with the U.S. Copyright Office by the end of 2017.

  • The Risk Management Issues Committee presented an educational session on May 17, 2017 at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, dedicated to copyright basics and avoiding copyright infringement in their real estate practices. Download the session materials.

  • NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson provides tips on what you need to do to protect your MLS from copyright infringement lawsuits. From the 2017 AE Institute in Denver, Colorado.  

  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") of 1998 endeavors to balance the interests of internet service providers and copyright owners when copyright infringement occurs in the digital environment. 

  • Learn how to reduce your risk of copyright infringement in listing photographs. View and download sample agreements to help protect you from risk.

  • Learn how a provision in the DMCA can protect MLSs, subscribers, and participants from copyright infringement liability while hosting an IDX display.

  • NAR discusses copyright issues relating to listing photographs and outlines risk management strategies you can use to avoid copyright infringement.