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Is ListHub playing favorites? Part II

by Greg Robertson on April 9th, 2013

I might be beating a dead horse here but I’m still a bit confused. Based on the comments of my last post on this subject here’s what I understand to be true.

Trulia must get permission from brokers and MLS providers for a free app that provides leads to agents.

Zillow doesn’t need to get permission to power a free app, Google Now, using ListHub data. They can just zip up a data file and send it directly to Google, no permission required, no questions asked.

What am I missing here?

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  1. Bill Rovillo permalink

    Keep it up Greg, I think you’re getting closer to the real reason this issue exists. Just follow the money. It always provides the answer, of devious intentions or not.

  2. I’m sort of surprised MLS’s haven’t made a bigger deal out of this.

  3. I missed this somewhere, heard about it on a local radio station. Who’s feeding this?

  4. Hello Greg, I think that there is one key issue being overlooked here – many MLSs (including mine) have been very specific in their demands that ListHub or any other similar company NOT allow for derivative works using the ListHub content – consumer apps are still advertising and should be allowed, but aren’t agent-based mobile apps for different uses? It’s a gray area – I don’t see any favorites being played here – ListHub does allows the Trulia consumer app without question — but this agent app could be viewed as a derivative product and in my humble opinion, ListHub is taking the high road and honoring their promises to MLSs that have been insistent about this issue. Personally, I can’t fault them for that.

  5. Greg Robertson permalink

    @Merri Jo Well said, and I understand what you are saying.

    But my larger point is if Trulia’s Agent App is a derivative product, then how is Google’s NOW not? Why is Zillow use not derivative and Trulia is?

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