Craigslist sues Instamotor over alleged scraping
03 May 2017
Don’t mess with Craigslist or you might find yourself in court. That’s the message Instamotor is getting after Craigslist filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco online automobile marketplace, alleging that Instamotor scraped Craigslist for car ads and posted them on the Instamotor website.
Craigslist is also accusing Instamotor of harvesting the contact information of Craigslist users and “harassing those users with unsolicited text and email messages advertising Instamotor services,” according to the complaint.
The lawsuit says that Craigslist has received multiple instances of angry users complaining that their information found its way to Instamotor without their consent. Craigslist wants an injunction to keep Instamotor off Craigslist, plus unspecified damages.
Craigslist has sued other companies for scraping data, which Craigslist says is against its terms of service. In 2012, Craig & co. took legal action against PadMapper and 3Taps, and then again in 2016 against RadPad — all for scraping. PadMapper and 3Taps settled their suit in 2015.
Neither Instamotor nor the attorney-at-law firm representing Craigslist responded to a reporter’s query.