I have written a script that fetches some information that is on a website and upon command it publishes it on another place. Is it illegal to publish it on Github and also if you use it?

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"Screen scraping" is not illegal by definition. There might be situations and conditions where it is illegal, for example on websites which are protected by a password, or for text which is protected by copyright. But on it's own, there is no problem for you to write and publish a screen scraping script.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed HiQ Labs to scrape public data from the LinkedIn website. In an earlier ruling by a federal judge, LinkedIn was even forbidden to use technology to prevent hiQ from accessing public profiles.

In a long legal process started May 2008 and ended September 2019 Ryanair lost from PR Aviation trying to forbid PR Aviation to scrape it's site. (Judgement in Dutch: ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2018:61). (Ryanair was allowed to forbid scraping in it's general terms and conditions, but those terms and conditions were not legally binding to PR Aviation).

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