SINGAPORE: Assets portal PropertyGuru has taken ninety nine.co to court docket about copyright infringement, accusing the latter of reproducing information from its website without permission.
PropertyGuru initially filed a Writ of Summons against ninety nine.co in April previous calendar year, according to its spokesperson. The circumstance, which is ongoing, will up coming be read in the Large Court on Wednesday morning (Sep twenty).
The circumstance is centred all over the use of a digital software recognised as Xpressor, which makes it possible for property agents to cross-submit their listings across portals. As this kind of, numerous listings with pics sporting PropertyGuru’s watermark finished up on ninety nine.co.
In accordance to court docket documents obtained by Channel NewsAsia, PropertyGuru has filed a few statements against ninety nine.co.
First, it is accusing ninety nine.co of breaching a settlement agreement entered between the two portals on Sep 28, 2015.
PropertyGuru claimed beneath the agreement, ninety nine.co cannot significantly reproduce information discovered on its website except approved by PropertyGuru. It is also not permitted to set up any back links on its website connecting buyers to PropertyGuru.
PropertyGuru, which statements that about 50 percent of true estate agents in Singapore works by using its service, also accused ninety nine.co of inducing property agents using PropertyGuru to breach its conditions of use and acceptable use policy.
And finally, ninety nine.co is accused of infringing PropertyGuru’s copyright by reproducing visuals bearing the company’s watermark.
ninety nine.CO DENIES Statements
ninety nine.co has denied all statements and has filed a counterclaim against PropertyGuru.
The organization statements that property agents posted their listings on ninety nine.co using Xpressor, a third-bash software that makes it possible for cross-putting up, and had been as a result “working out their very own copyright”.
ninety nine.co, which is backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, is also proclaiming damages from PropertyGuru for “groundless threats” of copyright infringement, according to court docket documents.
In reaction to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson for PropertyGuru claimed: “PropertyGuru thinks it is significant to guard the privacy and copyrights of its buyers … As the make any difference is pending just before the court docket, we do not comment on this kind of.”
Previously this calendar year, some true estate agents experienced voiced their unhappiness at PropertyGuru’s choice to raise prices to record on its platform. The price tag hike saw about 3,000 property agents speaking about the issue in a group chat on cellular software Telegram, with some calling for a boycott of the platform.
In accordance to PropertyGuru which released its website in 2007, about 15,000 property agents subscribe to its service, whilst ninety nine.co, released in 2013, claimed it has eleven,602 property agents on its platform.