Parker, CO asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Colorado

Q: I want to know about data scraping and possible copyright infringement.

I want to create a social app for people that collect things, but I need public data to do it. For instance, this site has a list of all beanie babies and info about them. I need the data so collectors can id their items. They would be able to buy and sell these items from each other, but the app itself would be free. Can I legally scrape that data?

1 Lawyer Answer
John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Milford, CT

A: Copyright related to compilations of data is a specific area of copyright law and analysis of the exact list and estimations of the mental effort and transformation to the underlying facts in the list may be part of the analysis. If you are doing research on your own, and want a potential starting point, look for copyright cases related used car pricing as guidance for legal standards about copyright related to lists of data.

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