REALTORS® should protect their businesses when signing copyright agreements

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Take great care to review any agreements that you might be asked to sign when outsourcing services that assist you in your real estate brokerage business. It is especially important to be cautious when hiring someone else to provide work for you that is generally subject to copyright, such as property photos.

Also, if you have a website where third parties post information, including copyrighted works such as photos, you want to be exempt from copyright infringement charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In the video “Window to the Law: Changes to DMCA Safe Harbor,” NAR Associate Counsel Chloe Hecht explains a 2017 requirement for copyright agents.

NAR offers more information on the DMCA here that explains the new digital process for registration of copyright agents which could well apply to you in your real estate brokerage business.

Photos from the House visits in DC

On Wednesday, Illinois REALTORS® visited with their representatives in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2017 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo.

Local Government Affairs Directors and Federal Political Coordinators and REALTORS® from all around the state took part. Among those discussions were meetings with:

  • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly,
  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,
  • U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider,
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Bost,
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Foster,
  • U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, and
  • U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.

See REALTORS® Thursday photo gallery from the Conference & Expo

Ayn Bartok presented REALTOR® Barbara Markham (left) with a Go Pro Camera in the prize drawing at the Expo Thursday. American Home Shield sponsored the event. Markham is with Re/Max Preferred Holden Realty Inc. in O’Fallon.

Networking, food and continuing education were part of the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Collinsville Thursday.

During the morning session, Anthony Huey presented “Make your message memorable,” and the Expo full of more than 60 exhibitors continued to draw attention from REALTORS® through lunchtime. Participants visited each booth to qualify for a prize drawing for a Go Pro Camera donated by American Home Shield. REALTOR® Barbara Markham of Re/MAx Preferred Holden Realty Inc. in O’Fallon was the lucky winner of that prize. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee Raffle raised more than $3,000 for RPAC, with REALTOR® Loretta Alonzo-Deubel of Century 21 Affiliated in Westchester winning the drawing.

In the afternoon, Mark Given presented an elective CE “Negotiate like a pro,” to hundreds of REALTORS® at the Gateway Center during the afternoon session. Check out the photo gallery below to see if any of your colleagues were digitally captured by photographers.


Photos: REALTORS® bring together members, business contacts and fun at Expo

REALTORS attending the Conference & Expo in Collinsville Wednesday received information from more than 60 exhibitors. See more photos below.

When the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo began today, close to 500 attendees gathered at the Gateway Center in Collinsville for inspiration, marketing ideas, networking and continuing education. In the Expo, nearly 60 exhibitors offered valuable information and resources to interested REALTORS®.

A dozen exhibitors also served as sponsors:

  • American Home Shield
  • Capital Professional Insurance Managers (CPIM)
  • Century 21 Real Estate LLC
  • CUTCO Closing Gifts/My Company Gifts
  • Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®
  • Home Warranty, Inc.
  • Illinois Home Performance
  • Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED)
  • REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI)
  • ShowingTime
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Other exhibitors included:

  • 1st MidAmerica Credit Union
  • 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
  • AdvantaClean/Green Home Solutions
  • Benchmark Mortgage
  • BND – Belleville News Democrat
  • Bank of Springfield
  • Buyer’s Protection Group
  • Casey’s General Stores Advertising
  • Centralized Showing Services
  • CHOICE Home Warranty
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate
  • Collinsville Building & Loan Association
  • Cornerstone Mortgage
  • Delmar Financial
  • Disaster Restoration Pros
  • Enovative Technologies
  • ERA Real Estate
  • FCB Banks/FirstCo Mortgage
  • Focus 1 Building Inspections
  • Guaranteed Rate
  • Hawley Home Inspections, LLC
  • Highlands Residential Mortgage
  • HMS Home Warranty
  • Home Warranty of America
  • HouseMaster
  • IDFPR – Real Estate Division
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)
  • Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center
  • Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards
  • Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN)
  • Invelop LLC
  • LipSense
  • Midwest Basement Tech
  • New American Funding
  • Northern Insurance Service, LTD
  • Pillar to Post
  • Premier Designs Jewelry
  • Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF)
  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)
  • Realtors Property Resource, LLC
  • Regions Mortgage
  • Roxy & Lola
  • SWAT Environmental
  • SEI/Navica MLS
  • SentriLock, LLC
  • Snyder Insurance Agency
  • The SewerPros
  • Veterans United Home Loans
  • Woods Basement Systems