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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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 9 Sep 2009 @ 8:21am

    I see where the problem is

    From reading the first part of that article and the statement of claim of Century 21 Canada, I see where the problem is. Century 21 Canada thinks that Zoocasa is a real estate company. They think that Zoocasa is selling homes as well as showing what everyone else has (I still don't see a problem with this, Progressive douse it with car insurance). They don't see that Zoocasa is simply a combination of Google and Wikipedia for property. There are hundreds of websites out there that do the same thing but Zoocasa is the first (that I've seen) to put it all in one place.

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