3Taps Can't Shake Unauthorized Craigslist Access Claims

Law360, New York (August 19, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Friday that changing an Internet protocol address in order to access public websites from which the address has been banned violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, handing a boost to Craigslist Inc. in its cybercrime and copyright infringement suit against 3Taps Inc.

In denying 3Taps' motion to dismiss claims under the CFAA and its state law counterpart the California Penal Code Section 502, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer found that the company's deliberate decision to circumvent IP access barriers constructed by Craigslist — despite being put on notice that it was banned from the...

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