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,