Monday 22 October 2018

Ryanair wins legal case against website eDreams

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary

Independent.ie reporters

RYANAIR has won its case against screenscraper website eDreams, it said today.

The Court of Hamburg's judgement against eDreams means that the website can't use the subdomain that includes the Ryanair name (ryanair.edreams.de).

Screenscraping is a software technique used to extract information from websites.

The court also directed eDreams to pay compensation for trademark infringement.

Back in July, the German court granted an interim injunction against the site that prohibited it from making misleading advertising claims about cheap flights.

Ryanair welcomed the move today.

"We welcome the Regional Court of Hamburg’s (Landgericht Hamburg) judgment against the screenscraper website, eDreams, ordering it to refrain from using the subdomain “Ryanair.eDreams.de” and also from using the same unlawful term as a subdomain in Google ads," Ryanair said. 

"The Court also directed eDreams to pay compensation for trademark infringement, and ruled that eDreams use of the subdomain “Ryanair.eDreams.de” wrongfully suggests to customers that eDreams itself is Ryanair, when there is no commercial relationship between the screenscraping website and Ryanair."

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