U.S. News | Instacart Sues Uber’s Cornershop for Copyright Infringement

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Grocery shopping and delivery platform, Instacart has filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against its competitor, Cornershop Technologies for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant illegally accessed, copied, and used at least 2,199 of copyrighted and licensed images from Instacart’s platform, along with the product descriptions, pricing data, and other information without authorization or permission.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant changed the file names on the allegedly stolen images from Instacart to falsely represent to its customers and the general public that it is licensed or owned by Cornershop.

Instacart’s catalog is the largest online grocery inventory in the world, with over half a billion item listings from over 400 different retailers from over 30,000 stores across North America.

The plaintiff alleges that it has invested at least $17 million since 2015 to create and maintain the catalog and system which the defendant had allegedly stolen.

Instacart reportedly said that the defendant agreed to its terms of service, including an anti-scraping provision but altered the copyright management information from Instacart’s images that it scraped.

Cornershop reportedly accused the defendant of breach of contract, copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the federal Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Texas Harmful Access by a Computer Act, Texas fair competition laws, and Instacart’s Terms of Service.

Instacart is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to stop Cornershop’s alleged violations, declaratory judgment of Cornershop’s infringement and other violations, an award for damages, and other relief as determined by the court.

The case is pending.

Instacart V. Cornershop Technologies, Inc. et al.

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap
Court: Texas Eastern District Court
Case #: 2:20-CV-00240
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: July 16, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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