Is scraping reviews legal?

Is scraping reviews legal?

This article does not constitute legal advice. Please consult lawyers in the jurisdiction you operate for full awareness of the legal ramifications of using third-party reviews based on your situation.

Based on our research there are no legal ramifications of using review data. Review data equates to facts/information/ideas, which are not protectable under U.S. copyright law.

In addition, in 2017 a judge rules in LinkedIn v. HiQ, to effectively make it legal to scrape publicly available information:

A district court in Washington, D.C. recently ruled that using automated tools to access publicly available information on the open web is not a computer crime—even when a website bans automated access in its terms of service

Also consider that much of the  SEO industry relies heavily on scraping Google and other search engine search result pages. Companies like Moz and SEMRush provide data directly from scraping, and have been operating for many years.

For additional information, please refer to the many online discussions, blog posts and news articles about this subject which can be found in search results.

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