What is the definition of “commercial”?
What defines a real estate blog as being “commercial”? If you have a link to an MLS search, are you therefore offering the potential for you to make money, and thus commercializing your blog? Is it possible even to make a blanket statement about blogs?
Creative Commons offers several different licenses by which to license your work, many of which specify that use is authorized for noncommercial work, “Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.” This is the one I use.
The questions are multiple – are real estate blogs commercial? Who determines whether they are or not? Realtors? Associations? State legislatures? Attorney and the Courts?
This post has been sitting unattended for a couple of days. In the ensuing gestation period, a firestorm has erupted about an entirely different, yet intertwined subject.
The one definitive truth is this – the rules have changed. Where we go from here will be an interesting journey.