Is Accessing A Website Using Someone Else's Login Copyright Infringement?
from the novel-arguments dept
I could understand a breach of contract claim, but CoStar is saying that anyone who passed on their logins or accessed the content using someone else's login effectively made an "unauthorized copy" of the content, which definitely seems like quite a stretch in interpreting copyright law. You have to wonder if the firm in question will fight back or settle, but if this case moves forward and accessing content under someone else's login is considered copyright infringement, potentially subject to fines of up to $150,000 per instance, it could lead to some fairly nasty unintended consequences. What if you use someone else's computer and they've logged themselves into a site with a cookie? If you visit that site, are you guilty of copyright infringement? This seems to clearly go beyond copyright's intended purpose.