How scraping data is becoming the norm and not the black sheep

 

Scraping data is a great tool to use if you need a lot of data, but there is always that fear of getting in trouble for scraping that data. Of course there are sites that have copyright issues with taking data from their sites, but there is also sites that are free game such as government websites. Scraping data has always been a grey area but it seems that that grey area is becoming clearer.

With these three new trials in favor of scraping, I believe the old adage of scraping is bad and illegal will be exchanged with “well hey, this is a lot of data so why not just scrape it.” Companies will begin to become more lax on scraping data; even if there is a cut for them.  Why not benefit from it? If there is a benefit for both sides, isn’t it a win win for both sides? I think so. Companies will begin to realize that scraping is a business and if they can get a cut of that business they will. I don’t see why more companies aren’t willing to work with scrapers. Companies are so fast to get upset and think they are being taken for when scrapers can take the next step and begin to work with companies to find a middle ground.

The internet is a great place with good and bad things, we can all admit that. Saying that, there is a lot of data that other people need, want, or desire for many of reasons. The internet is full of information, ready at everyone’s hands. Why can’t we all come to a big kumbaya and accept that we can all share information. The information is just floating out there in cyber space and everyone can see it. What is the difference between someone manually writing all the data down or a scraper collecting all the data? Well one takes longer and the other doesn’t. Companies need to realize, their data is going to be collected and used no matter if its done manually or by a scraper; so why not just work with a scraping company?

Additional Information: Cases for Scraping

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David Kostyshock – 8/30/2016

 

 

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