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NOTICE: New Revisions to Section 6.5 – MLS Rules & Regulations

Section 6.5 of the MLS Rules and Regulations has been revised to include the language in bold below.  This means that the creator/owner of the photo/image may add a copyright notice to their photos/images in Matrix adhering to the specifications in the rule below.

Section 6.5 Physical Depictions Submitted to the MLS:

Physical depictions of listed property, including, but not limited to, photographs, digital images, and sketches, which are submitted to the MLS, shall depict only the property for sale and its amenities and shall not include marketing or promotional messages made on behalf of the listing broker or seller, or any other language, message, graphic or anything that serves any other purpose but to effect the sale or lease of the property.  Notwithstanding the above, a copyright notice is permitted.  The copyright notice must be located in the bottom-right corner of the image and cannot exceed a font size of 12 points or one-eighth of an inch in height, whichever is larger.  At least one photo shall be of the exterior of the structure and shall be submitted within seven (7) days of the listing date, except where sellers expressly direct that photographs of their property not appear in the MLS compilation.  This will appear as “No Photo Requested” in the MLS compilation. 

Again, please be sure you are either the creator or owner of the photo/image before adding the copyright notice.  

Copyright laws prohibit the unauthorized use of original content – ranging from photographs and drawings to software and marketing materials. For more information on copyright law, please see http://www.copyright.gov.

Be sure that any language, messages, graphics, etc. that do not comply with this rule are removed from your photos or images in Matrix.

Questions? Please contact Donna McGinn, Director MLS & Member Services, at 401-432-6929.