CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer

CLBR #270: Venkat, Data Scraping and Daily Stormer Focal Law Group’s Venkat Balasubramani joins us to discuss two recent developments: Dating Scraping after the hiQ Labs Decision The decision in hiQ Labs, Inc. v LinkedIn, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-03301-EMC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 14, 2017) in which the court enjoined LinkedIn from blocking access to publicly available…

9th Circuit Weighs in on CFAA and CAN-SPAM

9th Circuit Weighs in on CFAA and CAN-SPAM The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) provides civil and criminal penalties against come who “intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access and thereby obtains . . . information from any protected computer.” 18 U.S.C.§ 1030(a)(2). Courts have struggled over what is the role of…

Victory for craigslists in War Against Data Scraping: Circumventing IP Address Blocking May Trigger CFAA Claim

craigslists Wins Again Classified megasite craiglists won another victory in its fight to block 3Taps from aggregating and republishing craigslist ads. As set forth in the craiglists complaint, 3Taps copies (or “scrapes”) all content posted to craigslist in real time, directly from the craigslist website; markets a “craigslist API” to allow third parties to access…

Craigslist Complaint Against Data Scrapers Survives Motion to Dismiss

CRAIGSLIST WEB SCRAPING CASE CONTINUES BIG QUESTION ON WHETHER CFAA BARS ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION The court refused to dismiss much of Craigslist’s claim against data scrapers.  With respect to the CFAA claims, the court noted that  The parties have not addressed a threshold question of whether the CFAA applies where the wner of an…