02
SEP
2014

Web scraping and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Over the years web scraping has rapidly increased, and in 2013, about 23% of all internet traffic was scraping-related. It is extremely easy to perform as just simple online search will provide step-by-step guides of how to do it. This could also have something to do with it...
20
JAN
2014

Is screen scraping legal?

The legality of screen scraping is far from simple to address. Laws, where they exist, differ by jurisdiction, and court rulings seem ambiguous at best. This is not surprising as most cases against scrapers are brought using laws that were intended for other types of abuse. It is...
30
AUG
2013
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Changing IP address in order to scrape website a violation against US law

Judge Charles Breyer of District Court in Northern California ruled that changing your IP address or using proxy servers in order to access public websites you have been forbidden to visit is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This was ruled in a case...
08
APR
2013
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Court stops news-scraping service

Denver Post reports that a news-scraping service committed copyright infringement by reusing content from the Associated Press (AP).The news-scraping service managed by Meltwater was a premium service where their customers could track when they are mentioned in the press....
30
JAN
2013

Unibet wins screen scraping lawsuite over ATG

The Swedish court of appeal has overturned a previous judgement in where the Swedish igaming company Unibet were found guilty of screen scraping ATG. In the previous judgement Unibet was to pay 35 MSEK in damages to ATG for breaching their database rights. The court of appeals...
24
NOV
2011

Ryanair continue to work hard to prevent scraping

According to this article Ryanair stopped using captchas: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2020/11/21/38831/comment-what-now… The article makes a few bald statements of how dependant ryanair is on the travelagents. Ryanairs answer to this seems to have been to move...
21
NOV
2011

Ryanair implements captchas to stop web scraping

Ryanair seems to have taken the drastic step of implementing captchas in the booking process in order to stop Online Travelagents using screen scraping techniques to book tickets on the site. It will be very interesting to se how this turns out, other companies that have tested...
27
APR
2011

Canadian real estates aggregator looses screen scraping court case

Zoocasa  a real estate aggregator site in Canada has lost a court case against Century 21 Canada over the rights to screen scrape information off their website. The court found that Zoocasa breached the copyright of Century 21 when taking pictures and listings from the site even...
24
MAR
2010

Ryanair triumphs again in screen-scraping case

Ryanair now has the right to sue screen-scraping companies after winning another court case in Germany, it emerged this week. The budget airline had already triumphed in a January lawsuit against Vtours, a German website which used screen-scraping techniques to resell some of its...
15
FEB
2010

Screen scraping: Copyright and intellectual property issues

Safeguarding business data can prove vital to the maintenance of a company. Screen scrapers are a threat to firms’ information and can be a danger to their intellectual property (IP) as well. Indeed, it appears that cybercriminals are still targeting important business data...
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