4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

By Benjamin Byer (November 21, 2017, 11:43 AM EST) -- On Nov. 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data. The trial court issued the injunction in response to accusations from the data scraper, Authenticom, that the two software companies were conspiring to block Authenticom from rightfully accessing Authenticom's customers' data using its customers' access credentials. Although the Seventh Circuit vacated the injunction without reaching the merits of the claims, the facts of this case and the issues the parties raise highlight the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Before wading into this evolving field, businesses must tread carefully and track rapidly changing law....

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