Is scraping reviews legal?
We have to preface this by stating that we are not lawyers, and this does not constitute legal advice. Consult your lawyers in the jurisdiction you operate for full awareness of the legal ramifications of using third-party reviews based on your situation.
While web scraping is still a gray area in terms of the law, based on our research there are no legal ramifications of using review data. Review data equates to facts/information/ideas, which are not protectable under U.S. copyright law.
On August 14, 2017, the Court granted hiQ’s request and issued a preliminary injunction preventing LinkedIn from interfering with hiQ’s scraping of data from public LinkedIn profiles. In a quite thorough decision, Judge Edward M. Chen questioned whether the automated scraping of publicly available data from public-facing websites would violate the CFAA, regardless of the website’s user agreement
For further information, please refer to the many online discussions, blog posts and new articles about this subject which can be found in search results.