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Estately claims Canadian brokerage copied its website

Sutton WestCoast Realty referring traffic to franchisor's site

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One of Canada's largest real estate brokerages was forced to refer website visitors to its franchisor's national website Friday after its own website's property search capabilities became entangled in a copyright dispute with a former service provider, Seattle-based Estately Inc.Estately co-founder and CEO Galen Ward said his company powered listings searches for Vancouver, Canada-based Sutton WestCoast Realty for three years. In November, he said, the companies agreed to end their relationship, and that Sutton WestCoast would have until the end of March to transition to a new site.Ward said that when Sutton WestCoast launched its new property search capabilities with a new vendor last week, the company appears to have made use of Estately's intellectual property, including images and HTML, CSS and JavaScript code."The site was not merely a near-perfect clone of Estately from November 2011, it was a clone that uses our code and copyrighted materials," Ward alleged in a blog p...