It was good of James to mention it in the summary, but in reality I
think it is "fair use" to scrape a page, regardless of what the site
owner says. People use ad-filters all the time. Just because someone
has a page with ads does not mean people should be forced to view
them. Providing publicly accessible information on the internet
carries the risk that people will use it in ways you did not intend
(much like publishing a book.)

I think scraping only becomes a problem when you are doing it as part
of a commercial enterprise (which maybe is what James meant.) Much
like copyright infringement is really only an issue when profit is
involved for the copier.

But I'd love to see Google sue a single person for some little
scraping utility that they use. It seems ridiculous to me.

Ryan

On 3/2/06, David Tran <email55555 / gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks James to point out legal issue.
>
> My solution is just kind of Ruby exercice to show how to apply REXML
> and open-uri.
>
> Please consider my solution as an example of how to use REXML and open-uri
> to answer the Quiz and do NOT use my solution, because it has legal issue.
>
> I am declare here that I am not responsible for legal problem of usage
> my solution.
>
> Sorry for the trouble.