One of Singapore’s biggest property listings portals, PropertyGuru.com, has sued its rival over alleged copyright infringement, accusing 99.co of reproducing content from its website without permission, reports thestraitstimes.com.
Yesterday marked the start of the six-day trial, which is being watched for its implications on who owns the copyright of content uploaded onto online platforms.
The issue revolves around the use of a third-party digital app called Xpressor, which lets property agents post listings across multiple portals – resulting in several listings on 99.co bearing PropertyGuru’s watermark.
There were three claims filed against 99.co by PropertyGuru.
PropertyGuru filed three claims against 99.co.
It alleges that 99.co had breached a previous settlement agreement made in September 2015. 99.co “substantially reproduced and continues to reproduce” content from its website, said PropertyGuru.
It is also accusing 99.co of infringing its copyright by reproducing photos bearing the PropertyGuru watermark on 99.co’s website.
The final claim is that 99.co had caused property agents to breach PropertyGuru’s rules about content on its website by encouraging them to sign up with Xpressor to copy their listings from PropertyGuru onto 99.co’s website.
99.co has denied the claims, and has filed a counterclaim against PropertyGuru for “groundless threats” of copyright infringement.