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---- Is it illegal to ignore a robots.txt?
DaveAtIFG - 6:44 am on Feb 3, 2004 (gmt 0)It is not an official standard backed by a standards body, or owned by any commercial organisation.
robots.txt is a convention, it's not even an adopted "standard" by any of the bodies that establish standards. See [searchengineworld.com...] and note these points:
It is not enforced by anybody, and there no guarantee that all current and future robots will use it.
Consider it a common facility the majority of robot authors offer the WWW community to protect WWW server against unwanted accesses by their robots.
You could sue Google or anyone else operating a spider that ignored robots.txt. It's very unlikely that you would prevail. If you did, it's doubtful that damages would amount to more than a few dollars for the bandwidth consumed by the spider.
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