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When is web-scraping of a database unlawful?

7 January 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The European Court has recently given its judgment in a case relating to meta search engines which trawl through databases of car advertisements. The decision sheds light on how EU database right, which dates back to 1996, applies to modern day search engines in the internet advertising market – barely thought of 17 years ago – and looks at when repeatedly taking small amounts falls foul of that right.

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