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ABoR Forum: Protecting Listing Photos

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Austin Board of REALTORS® Headquarters

4800 Spicewood Springs Road

Austin, TX 78759

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Join us for an important conversation about the an ongoing industry topic: listing photo ownership and copyright. The March 29 ABoR Forum will host three legal experts discussing the following:

  • An overview of copyright basics and best practices
  • A review of the recent and ongoing legal cases that cover photo ownership
  • How the recent update to the ACTRIS Terms of Use aligns with proper photo ownership and copyright protection
  • And steps you can take to protect your business from potential lawsuits

Seats are limited, so RSVP to make sure you and your agents know how to protect your business and your listings in the future.

Our forum discussion will be lead by the following legal experts:

Chloe Hecht, National Association of REALTORS® Associate Counsel

Chloe Hecht joined the National Association of REALTORS® in 2014. Previously, Chloe practiced at boutique intellectual property firms within Chicago where she focused on trademark enforcement and litigation, U.S. and international trademark prosecution, branding strategies and rollouts, intellectual property licensing, domain name disputes, copyright litigation and disputes, and Internet and social media policies.

Chloe focuses on NAR’s intellectual property issues, including the trademark protection program, global trademark initiatives, copyright issues, NAR’s patent reform and education initiatives, and intellectual property licensing. Chloe also assists with NAR’s new Top Level Domain programs and general corporate matters. Chloe received a B.S. degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law. She is admitted to the state bar of Illinois.

Mitchell A. Skinner, Owner and Managing Member of Larson Skinner PLLC

Mitchell A. Skinner is the owner and managing member of Larson Skinner PLLC, a Minneapolis based law firm. He leads the firm’s copyright, trademark, technology, and licensing practice. The firm has garnered praise from clients for delivering industry-leading service and advice with a candid, open, and personal feel. Its personnel tackle complex legal and business issues to help clients make decisions.

Skinner provides legal counsel and strategic advice to clients on software licensing, intellectual property portfolio creation, content licensing, and all matters related to MLS governance and data management. He often associates with MLS local and in-house counsel where his deep experience with MLS vendor contracts and MLS data licensing proves beneficial. Skinner also provides counsel to the Real Estate Standards Organization, Council of Multiple Listing Services, and Broker Public Portal.

In 2016 and 2017, Skinner was named to the Swanepoel Power 200, a list of the most powerful people in residential real estate

Joseph S. Babb, Babb, Reed & Leak, PLLC

Joe Babb is outside legal counsel for the Austin Board of REALTORS®. He has been practicing law in Austin since 1985, after graduating from the University of Texas School of Business (’82) and Law School (’85). Starting his practice just in time for the great Texas real estate depression of the 1980s following the savings and loan crisis, Joe learned how to be creative in resolving difficult legal issues related to troubled real estate loans and disintegrating partnerships. Joe has also handled literally thousands of litigation matters, including those involving straight breach of contract claims, fraud, real estate fraud, racketeering and antitrust.

Joe started working with REALTORS® in law school, and hasn’t stopped. He worked on creating the original form documents for the Texas Association of REALTORS® and the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Joe continues those relationships today, working closely with REALTOR® associations, REALTORS®, and their clients.

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