ShopLocal Wins In Crawling Case Against Cairo

Apparently, wasn't happy with rival local shopping search service Cairo for hitting its listings. ShopLocal took Cairo to court, and Cairo has now agreed not to make further "robotic or other automated" visits to ShopLocal's site, ShopLocal says.

You'll find some background on Cairo from us here back in 2004. The following year, the Wall Street Journal found Cairo to be better than ShopLocal. If that was because Cairo had everything ShopLocal had from crawling the site and more from crawling others, then it's no surprise that ShopLocal decided to block access.

For more on the case, has a few more details along with the case numbers.

Below is the statement ShopLocal sent with the news:

ShopLocal announced today that it has resolved the lawsuit it filed against Cairo, Inc. late last year in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As part of the resolution of the litigation, Cairo agreed to an order of the court preventing it from making further robotic or other automated access to ShopLocal's computers or websites, and Cairo has acknowledged ShopLocal?s proprietary rights in its content. The other terms of the settlement agreement are confidential. The current lawsuit follows an earlier California federal court case in which a court found that Cairo was bound by the terms of use on ShopLocal?s website making Illinois the appropriate venue for the litigation. ShopLocal?s chief executive officer Brian Hand said ?We are very pleased we were able to reach this resolution as the protection of our proprietary content is of utmost importance to our company.?