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New Age Technology: Brazilian and U.S. Courts ''Scraping'' the Surface of Legal Boundaries of Internet Use, Contributed by Fernando M. Pinguelo, Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.;

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Internet has afforded anyone, anywhere, a wealth of information at one’s fingertips. Within the current and ever-expanding age of technology, Brazilian- and U.S.-based courts continue to draw legal boundaries within a seemingly boundless cyberspace. The boundlessness of the Internet, and its related technologies, transcends geographical limits and poses worldwide issues of regulation. One such technology, which has caught the attention of businesses and resulted in significant legal battles, is "scraping" – a computer software technique that extracts publicly available information from websites. While in and of itself, "scraping" may not be unlawful, courts in Brazil and the U.S. have begun to carve out permissible and impermissible uses of this technology.

Brazilian Scraping Lawsuit

A recent court opinion of first impression in S

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