Web scraping is becoming a bigger and bigger problem for businesses these days, and unpleasant lawsuits are the result. Did you know that eBay, the famous online auction house brought a suit against a company called Bidder's Edge, whose practice of web scraping – effectively stealing and manipulating data – resulted in an injunction to stop accessing, collecting, and indexing auctions from the eBay web site?
Another example of a legal suite involving web scraping was with our own American Airlines and a firm called FareChase. American Airlines stopped Fare Chase – via a court order awarded in a Texas trial court - from selling software that enables users to compare online fares if it also searches American’s website. Essentially FareChase's websearch software trespassed on American’s servers when it collected the publicly available data.
The point? Avoid this happening to your online business by preventing this thievery in the first place. Partner with Scrapedefender, the skilled web scraping prevention professionals.