According to an article written by by John Cook for Geekwire, property portal Flipt, which emerged on the scene earlier this month, touting a new service that allowed home buyers and investors to quickly determine if properties should be sold, fixed-up or rented, is down.
The site displays a message stating: “We will be back. Thank you for your support. We have experienced an overwhielming amount of demand. We are working hard to improve our service. Sign up to receive an update when we relaunch.”
It seems that, zillow recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to Flipt, alleging that the 5-person startup improperly used its data.
Flipt’s CEO, Andrey Nokhrin, was initially surprised by the letter, since he said the practices they used to compile the data are commonplace in the search engine business. Nonetheless, Nokhrin immediately complied with the request, removing all Zillow data from the site.
“The fact that they have taken it this far and want to make a big deal out of it, it really shocks me,” said Nokhrin, adding that he didn’t believe that Zillow had a strong case. “I was hoping it would get resolved internally.”
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