Many start up online businesses need data to get things rolling, and the legality of data scraping is an issue to be evaluated. For instance, HiringSolved is a site that allows users to search their database of millions of potential job candidates for a wide variety of positions. LinkedIn claimed that much of the HiringSolved database was derived from scraping LinkedIn’s member data off of the LinkedIn site. Typically, web crawlers that do data scraping are masked to disguise the source IP address, and bots register numerous false accounts, all in order to evade detection. In July, 2014, LinkedIn and HiringSolved entered into a settlement whereby HiringSolved was require to pay a settlement fee and delete all LinkedIn data from its database.
Since the matter settled, it is unknown whether LinkedIn would have won on these claims, but potential legal fees was probably enough to bring HiringSolved to its knees.