I recognize that this was just a preliminary injunction, and perhaps I am overreacting to what is only a temporary measure.
On hiQ v. LinkedIn
Daniel Tunkelang
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This is why I think it’s a reasonable decision. Not granting the injunction could destroy hiQ’s business. And whatever harm granting it causes to LinkedIn is a rounding error for them. So, until there’s a final ruling, allowing hiQ to continue to scrape and use the data seems like the best option.

The judge does note in the ruling that this was the deciding factor: “in summary, the balance of hardships tips sharply in hiQ’s favor”.

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