French Aggregator App Jinka Fined for "Illegal Extraction" of Leboncoin Listings

June 7, 2024
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Jinka, a real estate listings aggregation platform and app in France, has been fined by a local court for illegally extracting listings from the horizontal classifieds marektplace Leboncoin without prior agreement.

The Nanterre Judicial Court ruled that Jinka must pay €50,000 in damages to Leboncoin for infringing database rights, via its holding company, Babel France.

LBC France, a subsidiary of Leboncoin's owner-operator Adevinta, says it had warned Babel France more than once since Jinka's launch in 2020

Jinka searches and scrapes property listings from across 100 sites and sends real-time notifications to its users - tenants who are searching for properties, usually on more than one platform at once.

Aurélien Flament, director for Leboncoin's real estate market, said:

"This victory... is an additional confirmation of the right for LBC France to protect the advertisements posted on its site against any form of extraction, reuse and undue exploitation by third parties.

"We intend to continue to pursue any company that does not respect our rights as a database producer and the rights of our users."

June 7, 2024
Harvey is an experienced property journalist and copywriter. He has written about the property industry since 2015, starting at The Property Franchise Group in the UK, before moving to Spain to work for Spotahome. He has blogged for the private rented sector, ghostwritten for UK property experts and written case studies for franchise owners around the UK. Harvey joined Online Marketplaces as a News Editor in 2022.

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