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MLSs, brokers should take a stand with real estate listings copyrights

D.C.-area MLS recommends action on copyright protection

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A discussion paper prepared for Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., a regional MLS that has about 58,000 customers in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, recommends that all MLSs implement copyright registration programs to provide legal protection for property listings information supplied by real estate professionals and others. "Our intention with this discussion paper is to remind those that can lawfully assert copyright rights that they have legitimate recourse at their disposal if they feel their rights are violated," the paper states. Issues related to the copyright, control and ownership of property listings information have been debated for many years within the real estate industry, and there has been an increasing focus on these issues, the paper states, that has created "robust" and "at times contentious" discussions about the present state of the business and the future of the industry. Among new entrants to the industry are "alternative business models that ...