Section 10 Participant Control and Branding

Section 10 Participant Control and Branding

Any website that displays any portion of the IDX Database must be under the actual and apparent control of a single Participant who is an IDX Participant and must be advertised as that IDX Participant's web site. Actual control means that the IDX Participant has either built the web site for its own use with internal resources or obtained technology for the web site under an agreement with a third party that provides the IDX Participant final say over how the web site is operated.  Apparent control means that a reasonable consumer viewing the site would conclude that it is under the control of the IDX Participant.  The Service interprets the following as evidence of apparent control: that the IDX Participant's branding is more prominent than that of any other entity and that the domain name and branding on the site distinguish the IDX Participant from non-participating offices in the same firm and from other franchisees of the same franchise, if applicable. The IDX Participant shall include firm branding on any page of its web site displaying any portion of the IDX Database or where visitors may initiate a search that may display any portion of the IDX Database, including pages framed by an Affiliated Subscriber’s web site.  The Participant’s branding shall appear at the top of the page and shall consist at a minimum of the brokerage firm’s full name with all text displayed at least 10 points high, and with a hyperlink from the broker’s name or logo to the broker’s home page. Brokerage firm name here means the full name of the firm as registered with the Service (e.g., “Century 21” or “RE/MAX” is not enough; it must include the entire firm name). In the case of multi-office firms, the branding must be displayed in such a way as to make it clear to a reasonable consumer that it is the Service’s participating office(s) that provide the data for the web-site.


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