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Elon Musk's X Loses Data Scraping Lawsuit to Bright Data

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A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Elon Musk's X, previously known as Twitter, against Bright Data, an Israeli data company. The lawsuit revolved around data scraping—using automated tools to collect publicly available online data.

X accused Bright Data of scraping data from the platform and selling it after bypassing X's anti-scraping technology. X also claimed Bright Data violated its copyright and terms of service. The company sought over $1 million in damages for what it viewed as unauthorized data collection.

Judge William Alsup dismissed the case, pointing out that X wanted the benefits of copyright protection while keeping safe harbor provisions that allow for public data sharing. He cautioned that giving social networks full control over the use of public data could lead to information monopolies, which would harm the public interest.

The judge further noted that X was not aiming to protect users' privacy but simply wanted to profit from content scraping. He emphasized that the company was willing to share user data for a fee.

Bright Data, in its defense, stated that its scraping practices only target publicly accessible data that does not require a login, ensuring transparency. They argued that their legal victories against X and Meta demonstrate that public data online "belongs to all of us," and that efforts to limit access will fail.

A spokesperson for X was unavailable for comment following the ruling.

Key Points

  1. Lawsuit Dismissed: A federal judge in California dismissed X's lawsuit against Bright Data, ruling that X cannot control all public data on its platform while benefiting from it financially.

  2. Bright Data's Defense: Bright Data maintained that it only collected data already publicly available to anyone, emphasizing that restricting access could harm business, research, and technology.


Q1. What was the lawsuit between X and Bright Data about?

X, formerly known as Twitter, sued Bright Data for allegedly collecting and selling data from its platform without permission. X claimed Bright Data violated their rules and copyrights.

Q2. How did the judge rule on the lawsuit?

The judge dismissed X's lawsuit, stating that X couldn't control all public data while also trying to profit from it. He emphasized that X's actions could create harmful information monopolies.

Q3. What does data scraping mean in this case?

Data scraping is the practice of using automated tools to gather publicly available data from websites, which can later be used for various purposes, like training AI or improving online advertising.


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