It’s probably only a threat to innovation when the complainant is a record company or movie studio
In the lawsuit (PDF) filed in a San Francisco federal court, Craigslist charges PadMapper with copyright infringement, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition, among others. The lawsuit also names 3Taps, a San Francisco startup which openly scrapes Craigslist data and makes it available to other websites, and Does 1-25 as defendants.
The move seems rather odd for the for-profit company that has been a darling of the Bay Area Internet community for more than a decade. Most of us have used Craigslist to find all kinds of things, ranging from jobs to apartments and cars. (Heck, I found my cat on Craigslist’s free section seven years ago!) But if there’s one thing that has frustrated Internet users for years now, it’s Craigslist’s lack of a proper interface, which these sites have attempted to bring to the fore.
Neither Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, nor its counsel or spokesperson have responded to repeated requests for comment. 3Taps has also not responded to multiple media inquiries.