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NAR issues guidance on listings content copyright

Contract agreements are intended for MLSs, brokers, agents

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The National Association of Realtors is offering sample contracts that are designed to enhance copyright protection for property information created and collected by its members. The documents include sample agreements between multiple listing services and participants, brokers and agents, and MLSs with vendors and other third parties. John Rees, a lawyer who worked with the association this year to hold workshops, gather input and produce the sample contracts, said he believes there is some urgency for industry participants to better protect copyrighted information associated with property listings, as Internet technologies can spawn a wide array of business models. "The biggest threat is probably what hasn't been developed yet," said Rees, a lawyer with the Callister Nebeker & McCullough law firm in Salt Lake City. "The only limit on the Internet pretty much is creativity." There are many third parties that "would love to have access to a feed so they could market their own product...