Your Web Scraping Legal Questions, Answered.

There are websites online that purport to answer the question of “whether web scraping is legal.”

That’s the wrong question to ask.

The right question to ask is what your business needs to do to minimize your legal risks. Driving a car is perfectly legal when you’re following the rules of the road. But of course, there are any number of things you can do while driving that will get you in varying degrees of legal trouble, or not. Driving three miles over the speed limit is technically illegal, but most of us do it all the time, and it’s not likely to get you pulled over. Doing donuts in the parking lot of the police station is nearly guaranteed to get you in legal trouble.

So too with web scraping. To navigate this complex gray area of the law, you need to understand the nuances of legal jurisdictions, ever-changing legal precedents, the prior history of web-scraping fact patterns, and the full range of laws that apply to web scraping. Some of this is common sense, but there are aspects of this area of the law that most people find counter-intuitive.

We believe that our law firm is the most knowledgeable on web-scraping legal issues in the country. We’ve read every historical case on this issue and make it a point to continue to stay up-to-date whenever a new one is published. We’ve represented Fortune 50 companies and Y Combinator startups. We’ve litigated web-scraping cases in federal court. We’ve published the most comprehensive legal guide to web scraping that exists. We also regularly contribute to the academic and scholarly discourse when important cases arise. We often act as background on web-scraping legal issues for some of the most important news organizations in the world.

If you have questions about your business’s web scraping or data extraction practices and want to understand how to minimize the risks for your business, don’t pay for another law firm’s learning curve. Hire the firm that already knows the law to apply it to address your business’s practical and immediate needs. Inquire below to get your questions answered today.

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