Data theft is quite a common phenomena in local search business and JustDial has sued Infomedia’s newly launched portal, Askme.in for content theft.
JustDial has obtained an exparte injunction against Infomedia 18 Limited, restraining it from carrying out any business or rendering any service of providing information of business, services, and products, through their newly launched website askme.in.
The High Court has also appointed commissioners to visit Infomedia 18 Ltd’s office in Delhi and Mumbai and to seize and take into custody all the CPUs, compact, floppy discs and/or other storage media containing any part of the commercial or business directory database belonging to Just Dial(source).
Recently, Travelocity Filed FIR against Cleartrip for Data Theft and as Internet matures in India, do expect more of such stories to come out (and if you are a data company, keep an eye on bots that visit you).
To me, these are good signs of the industry (without drawing any conclusion on the case) – companies are becoming serious about their data and are taking steps to protect them.
In fact, I know of an interesting story where a content startup, after realizing that whole lot of media companies have started copying their data pushed some fake content – and as expected, even that fake content was pushed online by media companies (includes some big names). Wanna guess what happened next?