Courts appear willing to mould existing laws to find a legal wrong committed by the scraper. Extracting information from well-resourced companies, extracting sensitive or proprietary information, or using the information in a way which adversely impacts on the company’s bottom line, interferes with its bandwidth usage or weakens its control over its brand and marketing will all put you squarely in the firing line.
The legal rules in this area will only get firmer and tighter. Monitor legal developments. Put in place a Plan B and a rapid-response action plan to adopt Plan B as and when the time comes!
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