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CAR stakes out its position on refusal to license forms

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The California Association of Realtors has published a six-point memo detailing its reasons for refusing to license its copyrighted forms to some competitors of zipLogix, a joint venture of CAR subsidiary Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS) and the National Association of Realtors. CAR said it published the memo in response to an Inman News article published June 6 that highlighted issues raised by some CAR members, franchisor Keller Williams Realty, and zipLogix competitor dotloop, about CAR's unwillingness to license its forms. Joel Singer, CEO of CAR and REBS, was quoted in the article as saying that retaining control over the forms allows CAR to protect its members' legal interests in the litigious state of California. Singer told Inman News that CAR spends a lot of resources making sure the forms are up-to-date and legally ironclad. The memo published this week elaborates on the points made by Singer, noting that CAR is also concerned with protecting access to data ...