Ryanair wins ruling in screenscraper case
Ryanair has welcomed a High Court judgment that said it had the legal right to bring proceedings in Ireland against websites that sell on its flights without its permission.
It brought High Court proceedings against German site Billigfluege and Ticket Point in September 2009. Ryanair said the sites had refused to stop unauthorised scraping and mis-selling of tickets from the airline’s website. The airline said this breaches its terms and conditions.
Both Billigfluege and Ticket Point had argued that Irish courts had no jurisdiction over these proceedings and said the case should ave been brought before German courts.
However, in a judgment issued today, Mr Justice Michael Hanna found in favour of Ryanair.
Ryanair said the ruling meant it could now expedite court proceedings in Ireland against so-called screenscrapers.