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"Safe Harbor" recommendation aims to protect REALTORS® from copyright liability

Thursday, April 20, 2017  
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My Florida Homes Multiple Listing Service is encouraging all REALTORS® to individually register their brokerage or personal websites for protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The recommendation comes after a ruling that denies MFRMLS the ability to apply for DCMA protection of all MFRMLS members as a group.

DMCA provides a “Safe Harbor” to online service providers that shields them from copyright liability for the display of infringing content loaded by another brokerage. An example would be the display on your IDX site of an infringing photo loaded by another office.

MFRMLS has created a DMCA toolkit to further explain the act, how to register, the costs, what to do should you receive a violation notice, and more. The kit also covers:

  • Is There Really an Issue?
  • What is the DMCA?
  • How Can the DMCA Benefit Me and My Brokerage?
  • Are Your Images Licensed?
  • How do the MLS Rules help?
  • Appendix Contents
    o Reference links
    o Helpful terminology
    o More on copyright and licensing of images
    o Sample forms from NAR

Access the toolkit

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