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LinkedIn v John Does (Bots Case)

LinkedIn v John Does (Bots Case)

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Plainti1l ,inkedln Corporation "Linkedln" or "Plainti1l'), by and hrough ts attorneys,brings his Complainr againsl Dcfendants Docs I -10 (collcctivcly, he "Doe Dcfendants") orinjunctive rcliefand danragcs. Linkcdln allegcs as ollows:1. Linkedln s hc world's argest roiessional et\\,olk ith morc han 259 nillionnremhcrs n over 200 corrntrics nd cfiibfics ruound he globc. Linkedln s li.sston s o connectthc worlcl's professionals o rnakc hem more prodtlctive and succcssful. hrough ts proprictaryplatlbrm. Litrkedln allows ls nrcmbcts o ctcale, manage nd sh:tre hcir professional istorics andintcrcsts nline. n addition. ,inkedln rovides aluable crviccs o corporate coruitcrs llclhcadhunters ith ts tecfuiler foducl, \'hich llows hcm o dcntil.v rrong Linkcclln's renrbcrstop candidatcs br opcn posilions. t the hcarl of Linkcdln's liltlbnn arc ls nlcmbcrs, ho crcateprolilcs ha( scrvc ls hcir prollssionll onlirrc dentitics nd arc aoccssiblc y any othcr rrcnlbcr.2. Sincc May 2013. nknown ctsons ud/of ntitics nrployirlg arious rlllomatodsoliwarc rrrg|ams ollcrr olerccl o as bots") havo cgistcrcd housands f lirkc LinkcdlnmcDrbor ccounls nd havc cxlrtctcd and copied dilt fronr nlany ncnrbcr prolilc pagcs. I hispritcticc,knownnsdata'scraping."iscxplicitlylxtrrcdbyl,inkc(lllr'sIJscr,A ,,0cn1enl,whichprohilljts cocss o Linl(cdln lhrough cfapirrg, piclcring. fawling l olhcr cohnology rsottwarc .rsccl r acccss ata without he exprcss litten onscnl l Linkcdln or its Mclnbcrc."l. Thc Doc l)clindrnts knowirgly and ntclti(nally havc brcachcd his and othcracccss ncl sc cslrictions n Lirrkedln's lscr AgrecmcDt \ hich hcy agrced o abidc by irrregislering heir aooounls and h[vc circunvcnted ariorrs cchl]ical fotcclion arriors rnploycdby Linkccll[. lnsodoing,they havc violatcd n array flldcral and skltc awi-. nclltding hcCornputer raud nd Abuse Acl, l8 U.S.C. 1030, t scq. the Cl;AA"), Calilbrnia Penal Code$ 502 et scq., nd he )igital Millenniunr opyright ct, 7 U.S.C. 1201 t seq. 1hc DMCA"),and havc engaged n unluwftrl acts of hreach of contract, iisappropriation, rrd respass.4. The l)oe Dcfendants' unla$'ful conduct hreatens he t-inkcdlr platform n scveralways. [t undcrmincs he rtegrity and elfectivcness fLinkedln's protcssional elwork bypolluting it \dth thousands f iake mcinber profiles- The world's prol'essionals tilizc Linkedln{'ilh the cxpectation hat ls colltenls arc accurate nd ts uscr profiles cgitimale. Morcover, by
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piltbrirg data iom thc Linkedln sitc. he Doe )efcrda[ts tlucaten o degrade he value ofLinkcdln's ltccruitcr product, n which I-inkcdln has nveslcd substantially ver the cars.l,inke<iln also has sullbred additional harrns as a resuit ofthc Doc Dcfendants' aclivitics,inchlding, bul not limitcd to, incrcased trair on and disruplion of ils network servcrs nd hcexpcnditufe f limc and resourccs o invcstigate nd respond 1() his misconducl-5. LiDkcdln's olc guiding alue s Mcmbcrs irst. Becausc inkedln's rcrnbcrscnlfust inkedln with lhcir prolcssional istoics and ntcrcsts n ,intricdltl's itc. Linkedlr scon1millcd o carning nd kecping ts mcmbefs' r.trst n evcf)'thing inkcdhr ocs. ncluding prolcctirrg ts mcnbcrs iom attcrnpts y third partics scmpc hejr data.6. l,inkcdln csponded u'ilily o thc )oe )eiirldants' ctjvilies, ncluding romptlydisabling hc lkc nrcnrbcr rolilcs nd nrplcnlcnling dditioual echnical n)lcclion articrs. naddition o thcse nreasules, nd o cnsurc hal i(urc incidcnls do not occur- -inkcdln brings hisitction 0 dcntify hc Doc )cl'cndants rnd o obl:rin crnranon( njunctivc clicl'halting hcirunlawlll condtict. l-hc l)oc )clindarrt"- ctivitics. l not cnioincd. hrcalcn ngoing rdirrcparablc arm o Linkcclln. ncluding o ils rcputalion nd sub)_tanlial onsumcf ood\+ill.l,iniicdln irlher is entitled 0 ts aotual anrtrges, tatLrlory anrngcs. nd/or cxcnrplary lanngcs s a rosult l thc )oo I)cl-endaDls' iscondLlcl..IUI{ISDIC'I'ION AND VIINUII7. This Court ras cdclalqucstionjurisdiotion vcr lris ction Lrudcr B i.S.U.$$ l33land ll3llbecauscthisactioDallcgesviolalionsol bdcr|l statutcs, ncludirgtheCI.AA.l8tl.S.C.S1030,ctseq.,andtheDMCA, 7U.S.C.gd1201,ctscq. Thc Clourt 1as upplcmcntal j urisdiction over ire state aw causcs f uction pleaded hercin pursuant o 28 U.S.C. \ l3 67.11. Vcnue is propcr n this District urdcr 28 U.S.C. g l39l, bccalNc substantiai arlofthe evcnts or omissions giving rise o the claints occuncd n this l)istricl-9. In addition, Linkedln's tjscr Agreement overning all users' access o and use ofthe l-inkcdln wcbsite and Linlicdln's serviccs rovidcs hat courts ocatcd wilhin thc coo4ty ofSaula Cluua, Califbmia, sball h.rve urisdiciion ovcr any disputc betrveen inkcdln and hc DoeDettndants.
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