LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against HiringSolved in January. The name was revealed a few months after LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against unnamed “John Does” for creating fake profiles in order to “connect” with real LinkedIn users and grab professional profile information. HiringSolved can be considered a LinkedIn competitor. An amended complaint filed last week named HiringSolved and its founder Shon Burton specifically.
LinkedIn identified Burton by collecting the IP addresses connected to the fake profiles. The IP address was connected to a “well known cloud computing platform,” which has billing records tied to Burton’s residence in San Francisco.
LinkedIn wants damages and an injunction against Burton and HiringSolved. HiringSolved charges $199 to $799 to view data.
?As a members-first organization, we provide our members with control over the information that they make available to others on LinkedIn. When anyone tries to take away this control by scraping our members? profiles without permission, we can and will take aggressive action to stop them and hold them accountable,? said LinkedIn in a statement.
LinkedIn claims that the use of bots to scrape its website amounts to a breach of contract, hacking laws, and copyright violation. The bot also allegedly circumvented measures to prevent profile scraping.
?I can say that we do not believe we have done anything illegal. HiringSolved is in a new class of business tools called ‘People Aggregators’ and it is considered to be one of the best in class,? stated Burton in an email sent to GigaOM.