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Thomson Reuters, ROSS Fight Highlights Potential Risk in Data Scraping Practices

Artical originally featured in Law.Com, May 2020

While data scraping is common in legal research, many companies have to navigate around copyrighted data and proprietary platforms. Sometimes, that can be easier said than done.

Last week Thomson Reuters sued legal research platform ROSS alleging that the startup, via a third party, used a bot to siphon Westlaw’s copyrighted material, which it then leveraged to train its AI systems.

A day after the suit was filed, ROSS CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda denied the allegations in a post published on Medium. While Arruda acknowledged it started working with a third party in 2017, which obtained and passed on content to help ROSS train its AI system, he said no proprietary or copyrighted information was taken.

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