Broker Public Portal Retains Larson Skinner PLLC
ARROYO GRANDE, CA, JULY 14, 2015 — Broker Public Portal (BPP) announced today that it has retained the Minneapolis law firm Larson Skinner PLLC to assist in developing a broker-friendly and MLS-friendly content license agreement for BPP’s projects. BPP continues its progress to bring a national MLS consumer-facing website to market. As with any other portal, multiple listing services that want to participate in the Broker Public Portal will need to enter into a data license agreement that allows MLS-participant listing information to be displayed on the site.
One of the founding covenants of the Broker Public Portal is to display data in compliance with the Fair Display Guidelines (https://fairdisplay.org) to create an online consumer site that is very different from other sites in the marketplace today.
Larson Skinner is a firm that has long supported MLSs and other companies with advice on data licensing. “They are a natural fit for the needs of the Broker Public Portal,” said Merle Whitehead, BPP Chairman. “They have been in the trenches of data licensing agreements with third party sites like Zillow Group, MOVE, and REALTOR® Property Resource. They know how to structure agreements that protect MLSs and their participants’ data very well.”
Victor Lund, WAV Group Founder and consultant on the Broker Public Portal project said “it’s a pleasure to work with Larson Skinner again. Their leadership in developing constructive agreements across our industry is extremely well known.”
BPP has recently released a first draft of the licensing agreement to the MLSs who have contributed financially to the development of the project. “The agreement is open for comments and feedback from MLSs that are already involved in the project, and we expect to have revisions to the draft incorporated immediately following the two-week commenting period,” said Mitchell Skinner, Attorney and Owner of Larson Skinner PLLC. Brian Larson and Mitchell Skinner are collaborating on the development of the data license agreement between the BPP and participating MLSs and are being assisted by Larson Skinner Attorney Camille Beshara.
About Broker Public Portal
The Broker Public Portal is a nationwide group of leading Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and real estate brokerage firms supporting the creation of a national property search portal. The portal aims to deliver the most comprehensive, timely, and complete property information to consumers while adhering to the fair display guidelines that brokers expect when their content is displayed online. More information can be found at www.brokerpublicportal.com.
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