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NAR board to rule on data ‘scraping’ vs. ‘indexing’

Board will consider recommendations at Saturday meeting
Published on May 15, 2009

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WASHINGTON -- In a move that would protect the right of brokers participating in data-sharing agreements with other brokers to allow search engines to index their listings, the National Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee has issued a recommendation to revise a 4-year-old policy that might otherwise allow local Realtor boards to bar the practice.

If adopted by NAR's board of directors Saturday, the policy change would resolve a dispute that arose when the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors -- acting on a complaint from a member broker -- demanded that real estate agent Paula Henry and her broker take steps to prevent other brokers' listings from being indexed by Google and other search engines (