Is scraping GSMArena for device specs illegal?


Is it illegal if I include device specs in my app scrapped off GSMArena’s website? Something similar to this one - but in Node.js.



Refer to the terms and conditions of the website you’re scraping. gives some info in the “USE OF WEBSITE INFORMATION” section.


I’m not a lawyer, but just from having cursorily looked into this in the past: it’s probably not expressly illegal - that is, you probably won’t be prosecuted - depending on your jurisdiction. It might be unlawful if you are in violation of the ToS but the terms might also be unenforceable, whether it be GSMArena cannot claim copyright over device specs or because the ToS itself does not constitute a binding contract. There could of course be many other factors to consider. In the US the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been invoked against web scraping, most recently in the case of