Meeting of the Minds

Web Scraping—Limits on Free Samples

Philip Liu and Mark E. Davis

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. 2, November/December 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

Imagine you own a lemonade stand, and you want to spark business by offering free samples. Most people take one or two. Now, imagine that someone takes all the free samples from the counter, and leaves without payment, recognition—or even a thank you. Few customers would do so, and merchants certainly would not let such a customer walk out the door without paying. However, this is the Internet age; it is much easier to load up on free samples.

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