May 1, 2013
Judge Throws Out Craigslist Copyright Claims Against Padmapper
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
"Defendants' continued use of Craigslist after the clear statements regarding authorization in the cease and desist letters and the technological measures to block them constitutes unauthorized access under the statute," US District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote in an opinion, referring to the CFAA.
The judge said Padmapper provides real estate listings consisting of real estate ads originally posted to Craigslist. Craigslist issued Padmapper a letter of cease and desist, but that did not stop them from jacking the world's most popular classified site's content. Padmapper did stop using Craigslist content for several weeks, but then announced it was "Bringing Craigslist Back."
This isn't the first time Craigslist has faced legal battles. In 2009 a US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to remove all classified ads for prostitution from Craigslist. Judge John Grady threw out the lawsuit, concluding that not every posting on Craigslist's "Adult Services" section was advertising prostitution. The online classifieds had to discontinue its adult services section after controversy kept stemming from the section.