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.