Web scraping is the process of gathering information from the Internet. Even copy-pasting the lyrics of your favorite song is a form of web scraping! However, the words “web scraping” usually refer to a process that involves automation. Some websites don’t like it when automatic scrapers gather their data, while others don’t mind.
Despite the demonstrable power of web scraping, issues pertaining to its legitimacy have somewhat shrouded its benefits in illegality. ‘Breaching and Entering: When Data Scraping Should Be a Federal Computer Hacking Crime’, Myra F. Din.