Consider Potential Risks Of Scraping Publicly Available Data

Law360 (November 13, 2018, 1:46 PM EST) -- Let’s say that your next idea — which could be the next big idea — involves a web-based collection, compilation or some presentation of a sliver of “big data” so pioneering, maybe even disruptive, that customers and investors will come chomping at the bit to get their hands on it. Your idea, undoubtedly, has an e-commerce angle, such as a proprietary feature complete with pricing information indexed for your customers’ convenience. A meaningful portion of your solution’s value will likely stem from this carefully selected catalog of prices. So, how do you protect it?

There are several mechanisms of protection at your disposable...

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