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Facebook on Thursday sued Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, Turkey, who is alleged to have built a network of sites that scrape data from Instagram to create Insta-clones. The company's complaint [PDF], filed in the Northern District Federal court of California in Oakland, claims that Sahinturk used …

  1. quartzz

    anything that turns instagram into a useable website, from the absolute. mess. it is at the moment. is a good thing

    which won't happen....insta will just hold onto it's #sellhashtags even more

  2. Victor Ludorum

    I'm sorry?

    The company contends it is entitled to cybersquatting damages amounting to $100,000 per domain name

    $100k per domain? Because they end in -gram?

    Is someone having a laugh?

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  3. Falmari Silver badge

    Don't make data public

    If Facebook do not want the data scraped don't make it public.

    Also scraping data is what search engines businesses are built on, like Google, Bing etc.

  4. Chris G

    How awful

    To have nefarious individuals searching the internet and scraping your data without express permission, and then compounding the offence by making money out of it that you feel should rightfully be yours.

    1. quartzz

      Re: How awful

      instagrams 128 (not verified) page Ts & C's. state that any data you upload to them, they can use

      unless the "your" in "your" data means which case I fully support donations to unregulated social media corps

      also....."you feel is rightfully yours" - has no relevence in law, at all. it's yours in law (which can usually be overturned by their lawyers), or it isn't

      there might be an /s in your post...;-)

  5. Spiz

    Fair play to the guy. Anyone who pisses Zuck off is a hero in my book.

    (Oh no I used the word "book"! I'll expect the lawyers any moment!)

  6. mark l 2 Silver badge

    "including,,,,, and"

    None of those domains mention the trademark Instagram in them, so I fail to see how they are cybersquatting. The word gram has been around since the metric system was created in the 18th century so its unlikely Zuckerberg had anything to do with it, although no doubt he will probably try and claim he did.

    1. MiguelC Silver badge

      Re: The word gram has been around since the metric system was created in the 18th century

      A bit longer than that, the '-gram' / '-gramme' suffix comes from the ancient Greek suffix '-gramma', meaning what is written or which is drawn, and has been used in English for a lot longer than 2 two centuries [citation needed, didn't bother, yadda yadda]

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Could the article clarify

    The legal principle that allows Facebook to file the claim in California? Do they allege that that's where the loss occurred?

  8. Winkypop Silver badge

    Alleged perp is in Turkey

    Well, that’s Zuck stuffed

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Isn't this just sincere flattery

    "Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06 said he was accused of breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy by creating the website,, about two weeks ago."


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