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April 3, 2012: 

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Is REALTOR® the Right Word?

April 3, 2012: 

Selecting the right word to convey an idea or image is an intricate part of preparing any article for publication. Not only must the nature and knowledge of the audience be taken into consideration, but often there are space or other restrictions which affect choices. However, these decisions are never more important than when dealing with articles to or about real estate professionals and when deciding whether the term REALTOR® should be used in a particular context.

Online Display of MLS Listings

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prepared by NAR Legal Affairs.

1. Does the MLS have authority from the listing broker to advertise his/her listings on the Internet?

2. Has the MLS copyrighted the database?

3. Does the MLS either own the copyrights in the photos or have a license from the owner to distribute the photos for display on an Internet site?

4. What is the scope of the license being given by the MLS to the Internet vendor?

Trademark Infringement Online

April 3, 2012: 

Educating people on what new technology can do for them in their businesses may require a whole new set of skills for association staff, but understanding how that technology may be used in the marketplace may also require a new understanding of old rules and principles designed to protect consumers as they may apply to the technology filled workplace.

Selecting Association Counsel

April 3, 2012: 

Selecting a suitable firm or attorney as Association counsel is vitally important, given the significant role which counsel must often play in the Association effectively and efficiently accomplishing its objectives.

Employer-Employee Guidelines

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These Guidelines are not intended to and do not create a contract of employment.
Policies and guidelines may be revised at any time at the employer's sole discretion.

Following these guidelines is a requirement in order to invoke defense costs coverage (up to $1,000,000) under the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®' Professional Liability Policy for wrongful termination claims. Such coverage applies to suits arising from hiring, firing, compensation, employee privileges or other terms of employment.

Copyright Information

April 3, 2012: 

From Stephen King's latest bestseller to the launch codes for the U.S. nuclear arsenal, virtually all information is capable of being owned or controlled by someone. When developing Lotus Notes databases, in addition to what information to include, it is necessary to determine who owns or has the right to control the information to be included. In doing so, copyright and security and access issues must be considered.

Information will fall into two general categories:

Different copyright and security and access considerations will apply as follows:

Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment Policy

April 3, 2012: 

The members and staff must work together effectively as a team to accomplish the Association's goals. Such joint efforts are enhanced by an environment of courtesy and mutual respect. Offensive behavior not only impedes the effectiveness of the joint efforts, but can also create exposure to legal liability.

E-mail Use

April 3, 2012: 

t’s important for REALTOR® associations, as employers, to have clear written policies on how their employees may use the association’s e-mail system and whether the association will monitor such use.

Copyright Registration Procedures for MLS Databases

April 3, 2012: 

This article presents a brief explanation on the importance of registering your MLS database with the United States Copyright Office, and also provides guidance on the registration process. By registering your database, your MLS will receive the maximum protections afforded by law.

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