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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    Haywood, 9 Sep 2009 @ 8:17am

    It seems to be industry wide

    I was looking for a ranch property a while back, and was baffled to find most of the listings behind a registration wall. I gave them all some B.S. info, & browsed the ads, but I did use my junk no link back to me E-mail. The blood hounds swarmed and filled my in box. which is I guess the reason for the registration wall. However, if I wanted to talk to an agent I would let them know. Desperation is never a turn on.

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