REDPLAN directors Victor Lund of WAV Group and Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of My Florida Regional MLS had a call to discuss REDPLAN’s new Prior Art and Forms Library. Lund: When did MFRMLS join REDPLAN? Cowen: MFRMLS joined REDPLAN a few years ago. I joined the Board of Directors shortly after. Lund: Why did MFRMLS join REDPLAN? Cowen: Our Board of Directors was motivated by the need that they see for this kind of non-profit entity. Among MLSs today, there is little education that delivers best copyright practices or collaboration for MLSs to fight patent trolls.  Our hope is that the industry can work together to temper these issues before they escalate to court battles. Lund: What was the most surprising benefit of REDPLAN that you did not expect? Cowen: It’s a great resource for our legal counsel. We have learned about cases that are looming. We went through our copyright review and got good guidance on our related documents . Lund: What is the Prior Art and Forms Library and why should people care? Cowen: The Prior Art and Forms Library was recently launched in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Council of MLS. REDPLAN members like MFRMLS brought our Forms and other materials for the library and handed them over. We believe that the library adds value to membership in REDPLAN. With a library of information cataloged in one place, MLSs and Associations can get out in front of the expensive and time consuming effort of gathering evidence well before due diligence for a case. I suspect that future cases will not even go to trial once the Library is fully installed. MFRMLS has a policy of copyrighting our subscriber’s compilation of listings on a quarterly basis.  Now, our engagement with REDPLAN has become a vehicle to model how to protect other assets on behalf of our subscribers. Our listing input form is a great example. Lund: How can other MLSs and Associations contribute to the REDPLAN Library? Cowen: Send them everything. Once the information registered with REDPLAN, the library and REDPLAN can support you at protecting them as needed. About REDPLAN REDPLAN stands for Real Estate Data Protection Legal Association Nonprofit. REDPLAN is an organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the intellectual property rights of MLSs, Associations, real estate brokerages, real estate technology firms and any organization that compiles real property information. The organization […]


REDPLAN™ Announces New Board Members

by Victor Lund on July 30, 2015

Scottsdale, Ariz. (July 30, 2015) – REDPLAN™, Inc., the real estate information industry data protection association, announced today that two more industry leaders have joined its Board of Directors: Chris Galler, Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®, and Victor Lund, founding partner of WAV Group and CEO of RE Technology. REDPLAN’s Board of Directors is now comprised of: Gregg Larson, Clareity Security Claude Szyfer, Strook, Strook & Lavan John Mosey, Northstar MLS Merri Jo Cowen, My Florida Regional MLS John Leonardi, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® Martin Scrocchi, Instanet Solutions Ira Luntz, SolutionStar Brian Mushaney, RealtyTrac Victor Lund, WAV Group, RE Technology Chris Galler, Minnesota Association of REALTORS® REDPLAN is excited to have these two established experts join its Board of Directors while it begins its two newest initiatives, a Library of Prior Art and a National Forms Registry. Both of the new Board Members bring an extensive background and interest in technology, real estate and data protection. For more than a decade, Lund has mastered the strategic role of technology in real estate by providing research, strategic planning and analyst services to MLSs, large brokerages, technology firms and investment banks. He is currently providing services to two large projects including Project Upstream and the National Broker Public Portal. Lund says, “Patent Trolls and Data Scrapers undermine the real estate industry in untold ways. Individually, real estate firms have little chance to fend off this scourge. REDPLAN is assembling the stakeholders together to fend off these attacks on a unified front. WAV Group’s focus has always been on the health of our industry and its constituents. REDPLAN is our volunteer effort to contribute to the health of the real estate information industry along with a great group of industry leaders.” Galler has been in the real estate industry since 1985 and with the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® since 1996. He is a registered lobbyist and an approved Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor while overseeing his 17,500-member association. Galler says, “REDPLAN provides the entire real estate industry with an ability to strategically protect the intellectual property our business success is dependent upon.” “Adding Chris Galler and Victor Lund to our Board supports even more sectors of the real estate information industry as REDPLAN grows to be a powerful voice to champion the protection of real estate data.” says Darity Wesley, REDPLAN’s Executive Administrator. About REDPLAN™ REDPLAN, Inc., a […]