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Posted by Rob on June 06, 2000 at 06:59:34:

In Reply to: Legality Question posted by Rob on June 05, 2000 at 12:04:33:

Mark: I'm in no way criticizing your program. I think it is a great product and a beneficial use of the internet.

I am simply wondering if you have ever been challenged by the web content providers over the use of your technology.


: I've noticed there has been a lot of attention in the news lately about the legality of crawler technology.

: eBay is suing Bidders Edge saying their crawler software is 'trespassing'.

: "They're essentially engaging in cyber-trespassing," said Kevin Pursglove, an eBay spokesman. "They are trespassing on our site and the information is being gathered illegally."

: My question is this. Is it legal for this software to automatically retrieve market data from the various web servers out there without permission?

: When this goes to trial it will be a landmark case.

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