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Is web scraping legal?

Is web scraping legal? There are a few potential legal issues that could arise from web scraping, depending on how the scraping is done and what data is being scraped.

One issue is copyright infringement. If a web scraper copies and republishes copyrighted material without permission, that could be considered infringement.

Another potential issue is violating terms of service. Most websites have terms of service that prohibit automated scraping, so a web scraper could be violating those terms if it scrapes a website without permission.

Another issue is data privacy. If a web scraper collects personal data from people without their consent, that could violate data privacy laws.

Finally, there is the issue of web scraping being used for malicious purposes, such as scraping sensitive data from websites or using scraping to overload a website with requests, which could be considered a denial of service attack.