Copyright Policy

Introduction

Florida Realtors has adopted the following policy concerning copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512. The contact information for Florida Realtors Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this policy, and is on file with the United States Copyright Office. Florida Realtors takes copyright and other intellectual property rights very seriously. It is Florida Realtors policy to (1) expeditiously block access to or remove content that it believes in good faith may contain material that infringes the copyrights of third parties and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders.

Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringement:

If you believe that content residing on or accessible through the Florida Realtors website or service infringes your copyright, please send a notice of claimed copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below (consult legal counsel or refer to 17 U.S.C. 512(c) to confirm these requirements):

A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;

Identification of the copyrighted works claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Florida Realtors to locate the material;

Contact information for the notifier, such as an address, telephone number and, if available, an e-mail address;

A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the notifying party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly infringed.

Once a complete and proper notice of claimed copyright infringement is received by the Designated Agent, or if Florida Realtors otherwise comes to believe in good faith that content on the Florida Realtors service may contain material that infringes copyright, it is Florida Realtors policy:

to remove or disable access to the content identified in the notice of claimed infringement;

to notify the content provider or user that it has removed or disabled access to the content; and

in appropriate circumstances, to terminate access to the website by users who are repeat infringers.

Procedure to Supply a Counter-Notice to the Designated Agent:

If the content provider or user believes that the content that was removed or to which access was disabled is not infringing, or the content provider or user believes that it has the right to post and use such content from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, the content provider or user may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:

A physical or electronic signature of the content provider or user;

Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled;

A statement under penalty of perjury that the content provider or user has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; and

Content provider’s or user’s name, address, telephone number, and, if available, e-mail address and a statement that such person or entity consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the content provider’s or user’s address is located, or if the Content provider’s or user’s address is located outside the United States, for Orange County, Florida, and that such person or entity will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement or an agent of such person.

If a counter-notice is received by the Designated Agent, Florida Realtors may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Florida Realtors sole discretion.

Florida Realtors has registered a designated agent with the Copyright Office pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(c). If you believe your copyright material is being used on this Site without permission, please notify the designated agent at:

Margy Grant
Florida Realtors
7025 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
407 438 1400
margyg@floridarealtors.org