Out-Law had an interesting article yesterday about how Ryanair is taking a Dutch fare comparison website to court in Ireland for screenscraping.
There are lots of similar price comparison aggregator sites like Bravofly out there and a few of them may be getting worried at this. Most of the time companies are quite happy for their product information to be scraped in this way because it can generate more business, but Ryanair and Easyjet seem to be against it. Why? Could it be a PR stunt?
As an aside, it’s interesting to read in the same article that big players Lastminute.com and Expedia.co.uk have also allegedly been using screen-scraping (and have been asked and/or warned not to by the low-cost airlines).