SAN JOSE — EBay Inc., the world's largest Internet auctioneer, and Bidder's Edge Inc. have agreed to settle lawsuits about accessing and copying information from Web sites.
EBay said the settlement prohibits Bidder's Edge from combing its site for material and that Burlington, Mass.-based Bidder's Edge agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money, said Jay Monahan, EBay's intellectual property attorney. EBay's lawsuit against the company, along with a countersuit filed by Bidder's Edge, will be dismissed, he said.
EBay sued in December 1999 to stop Bidder's Edge from collecting information from its site and posting the data, along with content from other Web auctions sites, on the Internet. EBay alleged Bidder's Edge was trespassing, infringing on copyright and engaging in unfair business practices.
"We will continue to vigorously protect our site and our users against unwanted and harmful intrusions," Monahan said. "We believe the Bidder's Edge precedent clearly establishes our right to do that."