Startup Sues To Keep Access To Public LinkedIn User Data

By Kat Greene (June 8, 2017, 10:33 PM EDT) -- An employment-focused technology startup asked a California federal court to find it wasn't breaking copyright laws by scraping public data from LinkedIn users, saying Wednesday the established social networking company was threatening the startup with legal action to keep it from becoming a competitor.

HiQ Labs Inc. said in its declaratory judgment action that LinkedIn Corp. freely admits its users — not the company — own the information they post on the career networking site, yet the larger company is threatening a Digital Millennium Copyright Act suit if HiQ keeps pulling that public information, according to the suit.

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