Listing Photos & Remarks Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Did a NorthstarMLS subscriber in your office take your listing photos? Write the Agent/Public/Financial Remarks?

Starting very soon, these are questions you (or your office input staff) must answer each time you upload photos and Agent/Public/Financial Remarks to a listing on NorthstarMLS.

The purpose is to determine what watermark to place on the photo and the type of ownership information that is communicated for both photos and Agent/Public/Financial Remarks.

Here is how it will work. Each time you upload photos or enter Agent/Public/Financial Remarks for a listing in Add/Edit, you will be required to answer either yes or no to the question “Subscriber took all photos [or wrote all Agent/Public/Financial Remarks] being added to the listing.” A “Subscriber” is any person who has their own user ID for the MLS system. If a Subscriber took all the photos uploaded to the listing, the correct response is “Yes.” If the seller or a professional photographer provided one or more photos, select “No.” Click here for a screenshot.

  • If a NorthstarMLS subscriber in your office took the photos (wrote the Agent/Public/Financial Remarks) and your broker has chosen to take advantage of NorthstarMLS group copyright protection: A copyright symbol plus “RMLS” watermark will be placed on the photo. Your broker will have a license from RMLS to use the images and Remarks. But the copyright is assigned to RMLS for it to control use on NorthstarMLS and to protect the content if another individual or site illegally uses the photos or Remarks.
  • If a NorthstarMLS subscriber in your office took the photos (wrote the Agent/Public/Financial Remarks) and your broker has chosen to NOT take advantage of NorthstarMLS group copyright protection: NorthstarMLS will not place a watermark on the photo and will not be in a position to enforce the copyright if another individual or site illegally uses the photos or Remarks (but your broker may choose to do so).
  • If a NorthstarMLS subscriber in your office did NOT take the photos (did NOT write the Agent/Public/Financial Remarks): Some agents may use professional photographers for their listing photos. The photographer is the owner and copyright holder unless those rights are assigned to you or your broker. NorthstarMLS will not place a watermark on the photo and will not be in a position to enforce the copyright if another individual or site illegally uses the photos or Remarks (but the photographer or author of the Remarks may choose to do so).

Why are we doing this? As an owner of the copyrights, RMLS wants to be in the best position to protect against the unlawful use by others. In the event the copyrights are violated, this photo watermarking procedure ensures we have the correct proof.

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