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Linkedin Sues To Stop Bots That Are Stealing Its User Profiles, by Jeff John Roberts, Gigaom


LinkedIn has filed a lawsuit to stop competitors that are scraping its servers and gathering hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn’s users’ profiles. The competitors use bots that use the information stolen from LinkedIn to create false profiles that attempt to interact with LinkedIn’s users. LinkedIn’s Complaint is included in Mr. Roberts’ post. -CCE

[I]t’s not immediately clear if LinkedIn has a clear-cut legal case since it is not necessarily illegal to copy information from a website. In its complaint, the company is relying on its own terms of services that forbid scraping as well as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

In the meantime, LinkedIn users may wish to be wary about which invitations to connect they accept.