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These companies buy and use overly broad
patents to try to extract licensing fees from
unsuspecting end users of their technology.
NAR-backed legislation to curb patent
trolls, including those who target real estate
companies, has been introduced in the U.S.
House and Senate and could be taken up in
the new Congress.
Data privacy and security
Data breaches are growing in number and
severity, and lawmakers have responded
with a variety of legislative proposals in
addition to the laws put on the books by
states. NAR supports a single federal
standard that tries to protect consumers
without imposing an unreasonable burden
on businesses like real estate brokerages.
The unauthorized use of digital images
taken from websites, known as photo
scraping, is a growing problem as the
number of listing photos online explodes.
Changes to the copyright system will make
it easier to register group copyrights and
permit nonexclusive licensees to seek
remedies for copyright infringement.
What are you voting for when you go to the polls as a member of the REALTOR® Party? You’re choosing
candidates at the federal, state, and local levels who understand the role of real estate and property
rights in keeping the economy strong and building vibrant communities. Lawmakers who “get it”
will step up on matters affecting your business. Here’s a rundown of key issues on the legislative and
regulatory agenda of the National Association of REALTORS®.
A Singular Election-Day Focus
By concentrating on the political issues that are likely to affect real estate markets,
you’re casting a vote for your profession and community. By Robert Freedman