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Royston Sim
Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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Portalone apologises to sgCarMart

The Straits Times | Royston Sim | Monday, Jul 7, 2014

A screengrab from SgCarMart's website.

Local firm Portalone has apologised for reproducing content from online motoring portal sgCarMart on its own website, Oneshift, without permission.

In an apology published in The Straits Times and The Business Times on Thursday, Portalone admitted to reproducing and republishing advertisements and photos without consent.

This infringed on sgCarMart's copyrights and other intellectual property rights, it said.

SgCarMart is owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Oneshift had taken ads and photos from sgCarMart and cropped off the portal's logos.

sgCarMart issued legal letters to Oneshift, which later indicated that it wanted to settle the matter out of court. This led to the printed apology. Oneshift paid costs and damages and signed an undertaking to "not repeat such acts of infringement and hereby unreservedly apologise to sgCarMart".

The most popular car portal here, sgCarMart attracts about 30 million page views every month.

SPH bought the online car portal in April last year for about $60 million.


This article was first published on July 05, 2014.
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