Ryanair has claimed a German court victory against a tour company it has accused of screen-scraping its website against its wishes. The airline said that Hamburg Regional Court has awarded it an injunction against Vtours. Screen-scraping is when one company takes information from another's website by automatically filling in …
Best laugh of the morning
"consumers are being misled by these screen-scrapers into paying 'handling charges' for Ryanair’s flights when they can purchase the same flights with no handling charge on www.ryanair.com"....
Ha ha ha. No handling charges on Ryanair.com. Good one. Ryanair, the place where a £20 flight actually costs £80.
Must be a first
"It is simply unacceptable that consumers are being misled by these screen-scrapers into paying 'handling charges' for Ryanair’s flights when they can purchase the same flights with no handling charge on www.ryanair.com,"
RyanAir complaining about people having to pay unwarranted charges???
So the ruling wasn't against "screen scraping"
but for overcharging for their service.
And this is different to Phorm how?
That is all.
Seems a bit daft...
..cutting off a route to market. It looks like a free sale to me.
Thats rich ...
" .... video or software pirates ... "
For Ryanair to accuse anyone else of being a "pirate" is frankly unbelievable.
Paris, because even she couldn't afford a ride with Michael O'Leary
Only Ryanair are allowed to overcharge for their shitty service.
Ryanair just don't want their prices compared to
a) the service the scrapers provide is comparing ryanairs price with other airlines - I'd pay a little for that
b) ryanair obviously don't want their prices compared...
Have Ryanair taken technical measures too?
Looking at Martin Lewis’s Budget Airline FlightChecker, I see that Ryanair are currently not included. The statement implies there are technical difficulties preventing the inclusion of Ryanair’s flights, rather than any legal worries.
“Ryanair’s website is currently having difficulties so none of its flights are included in any results.”
Are Ryanair so confident they’ve brainwashed the ‘budget’ flier into thinking they’re always the cheapest that they feel they don’t need to be included in any price comparisons? If they are, they’re very brave.
And in 3 months time...
you'll see Ryanair and the others giving out press releases telling you that they have authorized the scrappers and that they can now provide superior user experience, and the such.
What they will not tell you is that EasyJet and Ryanair will get paid for every single query that they get from the scrappers.
Sauce for the goose....
"which will prevent these profiteering middlemen from engaging in the mis-selling of Ryanair’s flights and information"
I guess they don't want anybody taking a slice of the profiteering or mis-selling action.
Sounds like an attack vector for RyanAir
Screen scraping could be a risky business if the scraped data has SQL injections or script injections designed to attack the scarper's database or web applications.