CMLS To Assume REDPLAN’s Advocacy For Intellectual Property Rights
Thursday, October 26, 2017
CHICAGO — The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) has acquired the assets of the Real Estate Data Protection Plan (REDPLAN). REDPLAN was a pioneering organization that advocated for real estate intellectual property rights and copyright best practices.
As part of the agreement, CMLS will further the spirit of REDPLAN's work and the message of its mission in promoting the importance of intellectual property rights for the real estate industry. For several months, CMLS had administrated REDPLAN and it is positioned to continue the advocacy for intellectual property rights within the real estate industry.
“CMLS is already starting to re-imagine the most effective way to further the goals and objectives of intellectual property rights in a way that will best meet the current needs of the industry,” said Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS. “In addition to the insight provided by the CMLS board, many of whom also served as members of REDPLAN, we are defining what the work group will look like to see how this effort fits within the landscape.”
Among the assets CMLS is expected to review are the Library of Prior Art, National Forms Registry, DMCA Toolkit, and Model Content License Agreement. REDPLAN also preserved other documents and resources related to the protection and promotion of real estate intellectual property rights in an attempt to create industry best practices.
“There is a wealth of knowledge that REDPLAN and its member companies have contributed since its inception,” said Gregg Larson, chairman of the board for REDPLAN. "We're thrilled that CMLS has stepped up to preserve, promote, and build upon this important work."
CMLS will be working on the creation of a work group around real estate intellectual property rights and copyright best practices in the months ahead. Anyone with an expressed interest in lending insight and experience into developing a fresh strategy for the promotion of real estate intellectual property rights may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We thank Gregg Larson and the REDPLAN board of directors for their efforts in orchestrating the transition, Darity Wesley for her contributions, and REDPLAN members for delivering a foundation for this important industry need," said Evans. "As CMLS advances the multiple listing services industry in making the market work, we look forward to building upon an excellent foundation.”
The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) is the professional trade organization that serves to advance the MLS industry in North America through unified leadership, collaboration, and education across the real estate industry. It was formed as a premier forum, advocate and resource in 1957 and has since evolved into a volunteer-led organization that is responsible for the advancement of MLS through education, innovation, and the implementation of best practices, industry standards, and next generation solutions in support of MLS providers with over one million subscribers.