Sotheby’s, our most illustrious plagiarist (to date)

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, November, 18. 2019

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Article copyrighted © 2019. Plagiarism will be criminally prosecuted.

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
21st of November 2019


Before publishing this post, Sotheby’s International Realty was contacted multiple times to no avail. They declined to comment, much less issue an apology, to any of our communication attempts.

It is with much surprise we learnt that a prestigious company as Sotheby’s, established in 1744, with an annual turnover of over $1bn, with over 1,600 employees, would stoop to plagiarize ad verbatim a 1,378 word copyrighted article from a small humble law firm as ours.

Our article was used to peddle their multi-million pound Golden Visa service marketed to affluent clients (service starts at 500,000). The only thing different was they removed my name, and company name, and replaced it with Sotheby’s company logo. When I worked in the United Kingdom for several years, plagiarism was frowned upon; perhaps times have moved on and standards have dropped since.

Our article was copyrighted on the 14th November 2013, it was one of the first articles published on Spain’s then newly approved Golden Visa law which garnered much attention. Sotheby’s International Realty (Gran Canary) plagiarized our article in 2018 offering it to their clients as a fact sheet on their Golden Visa service. Of the nine pages this Sotheby’s document has, five are word-for-word our copyrighted article. The initial 4 pages just give a general description of the Canary Islands and why you should invest there.


In other words, the core of Sotheby’s International Realty Golden Visa fact sheet hinges on our copyrighted work, which was lifted from our law firm’s website without our permission.

With well over 300 tax & legal articles written since 2004 in multiple languages and published in several hundred websites, magazines and newspapers, we’ve caught over 1,415 individuals and companies plagiarizing us over the years. Every week we catch an average of two. Every article and blog post we write is painstakingly registered for copyright before it’s published (such as this one); any discussion over authorship rights ends before it even begins.

Anyone can use our articles as long as we are duly credited, is this too much to ask for?


Plagiarism: Spot the Differences

Spoiler: no differences!



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Plagio related articles:

Plagiarism: Flattery or Just Plain Stealing? – 7th May 2010

Plagiarism: Flattery or Just Plain Theft? – 8th October 2016


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