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Craigslist strikes again in its data war with PadMapper | Digital Trends

Craigslist fights PadMapper & 3taps

 

PadMapper founder and CEO Eric DeMenthon tells me he thinks the claims are baseless according to what lawyers have told him, but that he’s not looking forward to the time and money that will be wasted on court. He requested to talk with the Craigslist team to come to an agreement, but they declined to meet with him. He also wants to clarify some of the misconceptions surrounding the entire debacle:

“Many seem to feel that PadMapper deserves this lawsuit because it was profiteering off of Craigslist’s data and they are down on profiteering,” he tells me. “This is actually pretty amusing since PadMapper is roughly breakeven to date despite quite a lot of usage and has raised no VC funds to date (it does have a small amount of seed money it took two years ago to build a safety net, but has turned down every other interested investor since). I’m the only person who works on this full time, and it’s a free service to users, and I pay myself about half of what I could make if I were working at any other company in the Valley. I don’t own a car and work out of my apartment in Mountain View.”

DeMenthon says the main reason he wants to keep PadMapper alive and fight this lawsuit is because it’s a useful, user-friendly service, and because developers should be allowed to include search results from Craigslist.

Clearly, Craigslist is putting developers on notice: we are not a platform whose data is at your disposal – and we will take action if you don’t respect that. Again, this is a lose for users. And while there were rumors about an upcoming redesignthis Quora exchange should kill any hopes for a better Craigslist user experience in the near future.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/craigslist-padmapper-war-of-data-continues/#ixzz24chykwFC

via Craigslist strikes again in its data war with PadMapper | Digital Trends.

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  1. Bosstiger
    August 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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