Chapter 28. KEEPING WEBBOTS OUT OF TROUBLE

By this point, you know how to access, download, parse, and process any of the 76 million websites on the Internet.[80] Knowing how to do something, however, does not give you the

right to do it. While I have cast warnings throughout the book, I haven't, until now, focused on the consequences of designing webbots or spiders that act selfishly and without regard to the rights of website owners or related infrastructure.[81]

Since many businesses rely on the performance of their websites to conduct business, you should consider interfering with a corporate website equivalent to interfering with a physical store or factory. When deploying a webbot or spider, remember that someone else is paying for hosting, ...

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