Is Scraping from Craigslist Legal?
Hi Alex, I can't thank you enough for all the amazing courses and videos.
As I continue building my listings site from the original Etsy demo course, I am working on implementing scraped-Craigslist listings, but I've read a bit online about 3Taps/PadMapper being sued by Craigslist?
If I am running a for-profit marketplace and re-posting scraped Craigslist/Ebay (or any other 3Taps source), am I setting myself up to get sued? I think this is an amazing growth-hacking strategy, which solves the "supply-side" (aka. chicken & egg) problem that all marketplaces face starting out. I know that Airbnb implemented a "Post to Craigslist" integration, but that's actually the reverse. I also wonder if re-posting from CL is a bad idea in terms of not having "quality control" over the new marketplace I'm trying to create.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, even if it's not 'official' legal advice. Thanks again for all your help!
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