Why Doesn't Century 21 Canada Want More People Viewing Its Real Estate Listings?

from the someone-please-explain dept

A whole bunch of folks have sent in this rather odd legal dispute up in Canada, with real estate firm Century 21 Canada suing telco Rogers and its subsidiary Zoocasa for creating what appears to be a real estate info portal/search engine. At issue: Zoocasa apparently scrapes various real estate listings, including those from Century 21 Canada, to provide them in its own search results, along with some additional info -- but still links back to the original Century 21 listing. In other words, it acts like a basic search engine. It's difficult to see how or why that should be against the law.

Of course, the real estate business has always been focused on bogus exclusions on data though the MLS system -- and apparently they don't like the idea of that data being more widely available. But, still, it's difficult to see what right Century 21 has to complain about, since the site links to Century 21 postings and should only provide them with more traffic. Unless, of course, its fear is that it can't compete by offering enough useful info on its own site.
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Filed Under: copyright, real estate listings, scraping
Companies: century 21 canada, rogers, zoocasa


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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Sep 2009 @ 10:37am

    Maybe it's because redfin doesn't have a lot of coverage yet, but I thought it would have had a larger impact on breaking the realtor monopoly than it has had in the markets it does cover.

    They have done a wonderful job on their search engine but don't seem to have any traction on the back end with the actual buying of the properties. It seems the majority of the people still want their hand held through the entire process. Sites like redfin need to learn how to capitalize on that. Until then we are stuck with the antiquated realtor system.

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