Craigslist Wins Routine But Troubling Online Trespass to Chattels Ruling in 3Taps Case (Catch-up Post)

…Craigslist tried to shut down 3Taps’ scraping, first by blocking its IP addresses and then by sending a cease-and-desist (C&D) letter. When those didn’t work, Craigslist sued for, among other…

Email Exchange Creates Binding Settlement Agreement Per UETA–Forcelli v. Gelco

…in Scraping Lawsuit * Can A Copyright Be Assigned By Email?–Hermosilla v. Coca-Cola * Court Rules That Instant Message Conversation Modified the Terms of a Written Contract — CX Digital…

Multiple Listing Service Gets Favorable Appellate Ruling in Scraping Lawsuit

…a follow-up to our massive post on anti-scraping lawsuits in the real estate industry from New Year’s Eve 2012 (Note: the portion on MRIS is about halfway through the post,…

Catching Up on 512 Safe Harbor Cases (and Other Online Copyright Cases) From the Past Year

…monitoring service” for public relations professionals, i.e., it allows clients to set keyword alerts and find documents containing those keywords. Meltwater builds its database by scraping the web and delivering…

Online Trespass to Chattels Needs Structural Reform (Forbes Cross-Post)

…* websites may assert online trespass to chattels when a third party’s automated script gather information from their website (a process sometimes called “scraping” or “spidering”). Technically, search engine spiders…

Anti-Scraping Lawsuits Are Going Crazy in the Real Estate Industry (Catch-Up Post)

…We’ll have to wait and see. _____ Eric’s Comments Scraping always raises interesting policy and theory issues, so from that standpoint I’m disappointed we don’t see more scraping lawsuits or…

Search Engine Developer Sues Facebook for Disallowing Access to User Data — Profile Technology v. Facebook (Catch-Up Post)

…industry custom and practice. In 2010, Facebook began blocking PT’s automated crawlers from scraping the profile data. Facebook’s attorneys also sent a letter to PT denying that they had authorization…

The Proposed “Cloud Computing Act of 2012,” and How Internet Regulation Can Go Awry (Forbes Cross-Post)

…into a general-purpose federal law against trespassing on anyone else’s computers. With that breadth, the CFAA extends to a wide variety of activities, ranging from data scraping (see, e.g., EF…

Craigslist’s Latest Moves Show It Cares More About Its Market Position Than Delivering Value to Its Users (Forbes Cross-Post)

By Eric Goldman Craigslist is resorting to increasingly desperate measures to control its users’ classified ad listings. Last month, Craigslist sued 3Taps and Padmapper for scraping and repackaging its classified…

Ex-Employee’s Access/Misuse of Employer Files States CFAA Claim — Weingand v. Harland Financial

…the moment they leave employment. If this latter distinction is true, then the CFAA remains a potent threat in the scraping context. Putting aside the CFAA issues for a moment,…