In This Issue:
- Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping
- Google Glass Into Europe: A Small Step or a Giant Leap?
- Drugs and the Internet: FDA Distributes New Draft Guidance Regarding Social Media Platforms and Prescription Drugs
- Court Holds That DMCA Safe Harbor Does Not Extend to Infringement Prior to Designation of Agent
- Social Media and Proxy Contests
- Supreme Court Stifles Aereo, but Tries to Keep the Cloud Away
- Websites Hit With Demand Letters on Accessibility Issues Despite Courts’ Rejection of Claim
- Excerpt from Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping:
“Web scraping” or “web harvesting”—the practice of extracting large amounts of data from publicly available websites using automated “bots” or “spiders”— accounted for 18% of site visitors and 23% of all Internet traffic in 2013. Websites targeted by scrapers may incur damages resulting from, among other things, increased bandwidth usage, network crashes, the need to employ anti-spam and filtering technology, user complaints, reputational damage, and costs of mitigation that may be incurred when scrapers spam users, or worse, steal their personal data.
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