SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge has granted default judgment against a hacker who allegedly "scraped" Craigslist content for use on other websites.
Brian Niessen is the remaining defendant in a copyright lawsuit that sought to enjoin competitors 3taps, PadMapper and others from reproducing or disseminating the data.
Niessen has yet to respond to the 2012 complaint, according to Craigslist, which filed a motion for default judgment last August.
Craigslist, arguably the most popular online classified-ad platform in the world, mercifully agreed to a $1 million settlement with 3taps last July. The company promised to donate the funds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the U.S.-based international digital rights group will receive $100,000 per year for the next 10 years.
Breyer approved the settlement on June 26, 2015 along with an additional nonmonetary settlement between Craigslist and PadMapper that permanently enjoins the company from reproducing or disseminating Craigslist data.
Ironically, Niessen initially responded to a 3taps post on Craigslist that sought a "Skilled Hacker at Scraping Web Content," according to Craigslist's complaint.
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