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Distil Networks

March 08, 2016 09:00 ET

Digital Content Scraping Panel at SXSW Interactive Festival 2016 to Reveal Practices and Legalities of Web Scraping

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 08, 2016) -   Distil Networks, Inc., the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, today announced its presence and panel at SXSWi, the five-day technology-focused branch of South by Southwest that serves as an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. At the show, Distil Networks' CEO, Rami Essaid, and Director of Product Marketing, Orion Cassetto, will participate in a panel discussion titled, "Digital Content and the Legality of Web Scraping." Other panel participants include Jonathan Bailey, Owner of CopyBytes and Katie Sunstrom, Attorney at Lorance & Thompson, PC.

Panel Discussion at a Glance:
Digital Content and the Legality of Web Scraping 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
9:30 - 10:30AM CT
JW Marriott / Salon 5

Web scraping -- the process of using bots to systematically lift content from a website -- is either loved or hated. Some startups utilize scraping tools because it is a cheap and powerful way to gather data without the need for partnerships. Larger companies use web scraping to gain competitive intelligence, but often try to block others from doing the same. However, new legislation and high profile court cases, such as AP versus Meltwater and Facebook versus, have called into question the legality of web scraping.

In this lively conversation, diverse panelists will discuss the origin of web scraping, the changing legal landscape, and the ethical and practical best practices for protecting your website content.

Panel Participants Include:

  • Moderator: Orion Cassetto, Director of Product Marketing at Distil Networks
  • Jonathan Bailey, Owner of CopyByte
  • Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks
  • Katie Sunstrom, Attorney at Lorance & Thompson, PC

In addition to this panel, Distil Networks will also be co-sponsoring an event with SendGrid and Mavrck. The SXSW Paradise Party with Coolio and DJ Ani Quinn will take place on Saturday 8pm-2am at the Speakeasy. For more information on how to secure a spot Contact Us.

For more information about SXSWi, visit:

About Distil Networks

Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, is the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. Distil protects against web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks, digital ad fraud, and downtime. Slash the high tax that bots place on your internal teams and web infrastructure and make your online applications more secure with API security, real-time threat intelligence, a 24/7 security operations center, and complete visibility and control over human, good bot, and bad bot traffic. For more information on Distil Networks, visit us at or follow @DISTIL on Twitter.

Contact Information

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    Jim Dvorak
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