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Ryanair wins another 'screenscraping' case against a website

The airline has hit out at the sites, asking people to book on its own site.

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RYANAIR HAS WON another ‘screenscraping’ case against a site – and appealed once more for people to make sure they only book flights using the airline’s official online home.

Today it welcomed the EU Court of Justice ruling restricting access to Ryanair’s database by website PR Aviation.

Explained Ryanair:

The Court of Justice, in a referral from the Dutch Supreme Court, was asked to determine whether owners of an online database such as Ryanair’s can use contractual restrictions to prevent the copying or use of their databases.

The airline said that the European Commission supported its argument that it is entitled to post terms and conditions on its website that prevent PR Aviation from using information from its database for commercial purposes.

Ryanair has been engaged in several legal cases against what it termed “screenscraper websites” across Europe. It says this is in order to prevent its customers from being subjected to extra charges and to ensure Ryanair has appropriate contact details for its customers.

Ryanair said some websites have been causing problems for its customers, including failing to pass on vital information, and that this has resulted in missed flights and repeated problems for customers.

Ryanair has again advised customers to book flights directly on the website.

Read: Ryanair says beware of ‘screenscraper’ websites that use its name to sell flights>

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