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DC Federal Court Follows hiQ, Accessing Website in Violation of Site Terms Not Barred by CFAA

Last fall, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling enjoining LinkedIn from blocking hiQ from scraping data from its site finding that hiQ’s scraping of data from LinkedIn users’ public profiles did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). In Sandig v. Barr, academic researchers who intend to test whether employment websites…

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…

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…

In the Courts: Bloggers, CAN-SPAM & Supreme Cluelessness

Websites and Bloggers Targeted By Newspaper Chain; States Split on Shield Law Stevens Media, through a Nevada company known as Right haven, LLC, has filed approximately 11 copyright infringement lawsuits against bloggers and websites.  Stevens Media, which owns Newspapers in 9 states including its flagship the Las Vegas Review , has assigned copyrights to some…