To All NGLRMLS Participants
At the NAR Midyear Meeting in Washington D.C. a change was made in the MLS Policy 7.85 that you need to be made aware of as it was deemed effective immediately. Why is this important to NGLRMLS users? We’ve received complaints about the unauthorized reuse of listing information and photos by persons other than the broker who originally created that content. This NAR policy language addresses that issue and allows the MLS to monitor for compliance and set violation criteria for those who use the content without authorization. In essence this policy language deals with the rights to the content of a listing because:
NAR mandates brokers obtain and grant licenses to MLS content. No more will scrapping information or photos from previous listings or other copyright sources be permitted AND brokers must agree to license this data for use by the MLS.
Before submitting a listing to the MLS, the listing broker should own or have the authority to license all listing content to be published in the MLS.
Brokers cannot be required to transfer ownership rights, including intellectual property right, in their listings or listing content to participate in the MLS.
But MLS’s may require brokers to grant the licenses necessary for storage, reproduction, compiling and distribution of listings and listing information.
For more information and answers to some FAQ’s this link to the NAR webpage will provide more details.