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Fair use of web content

August 11th, 2017 1 comment

This news was buried among many other news, but I felt that it deserves more people knowing about it.

It is about “fair use” of publicly available web content. What is “fair use” and when can content be restricted.

The original article is here.

A small company called hiQ is locked in a high-stakes battle over Web scraping with LinkedIn. It’s a fight that could determine whether an anti-hacking law can be used to curtail the use of scraping tools across the Web.

HiQ scrapes data about thousands of employees from public LinkedIn profiles, then packages the data for sale to employers worried about their employees quitting. LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft last year, sent hiQ a cease-and-desist letter warning that this scraping violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the controversial 1986 law that makes computer hacking a crime. HiQ sued, asking courts to rule that its activities did not, in fact, violate the CFAA.

James Grimmelmann, a professor at Cornell Law School, told Ars that the stakes here go well beyond the fate of one little-known company.

I will leave it up to you to read and make up your own opinion about it.

Congratulations to LinkedIn for reaching 300million members!

April 20th, 2014 No comments

That’s quite an accomplishment.

http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/04/18/the-next-three-billion/

There are now sites in that stratospheric level, but still, it is not an easy accomplishment.  Congraluations LinkedIn!

 

 

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Boycott Monsanto Corp

June 22nd, 2009 No comments

I learned over the weekend what an evil corporation Monsanto is.  I went and saw the movie Food Inc.

Here are some links about Monsanto and how it is destroying the environment, putting families out of business, essentially acting as a large, evil corporation.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

The movie Food Inc describes some of the nasty things Monsanto and other corporations are doing to us all.

http://greenupgrader.com/8020/monsantos-food-inc-facts/

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