PropertyGuru is suing rival 99.co over copyright infringement – here’s what it claims

Singapore property portal PropertyGuru is suing rival 99.co over copyright infringement in a matter which will next be heard in the High Court on Sept 20.

A PropertyGuru spokesman told TechInAsia – which obtained court documents – that the writ of summons against 99.co was filed in April last year.

A writ of summons is a court document to start civil legal proceedings in Singapore.

PropertyGuru has filed three claims against 99.co.

Firstly it claims that 99.co breached a settlement that both parties entered into in September 2015.

It also claims that 99.co induced property agents on PropertyGuru to breach its terms of use, and that the portal reproduced PropertyGuru’s photos with its watermark.

99.co has denied all claims and filed a counterclaim against PropertyGuru, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Property agents have been using a third-party app called Xpressor, which allows cross-posting.

PropertyGuru claims that property agents posted their listings on 99.co using the app, but 99.co said in its counterclaim that property agents were merely “exercising their own copyright” in doing so.

Earlier this month, more than 1,000 real estate agents banded together to lobby their interests, including a plan to boycott PropertyGuru following a recent price hike, reported The Straits Times.

PropertyGuru started in 2007 and boasts the largest number of listings in Singapore with some 15,000 agents using the platform.