Recent years have seen a number of legal actions to block access to electronic networks and web sites. A phone company has sought damages for a teenager's unauthorized access of its network. An ISP has gone to court to block junk email, or "spam," from reaching its subscribers. In eBay v. Bidder's Edge3-the most important case of this kind--eBay successfully sought an injunction from a federal court to stop Bidder's Edge from using automated means to collect auction data from eBay's site on the ground that it was tying up eBay's server and bandwidth capacity.
"Network Effects and the Emerging Doctrine of Cybertrespass,"
Yale Law & Policy Review: Vol. 23
, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/ylpr/vol23/iss1/16