Some web-scraping services claim to be scrapping content from the websites of publishers.
The claim is backed up by a number of examples of scraping from the sites of major publications, including The Australian Financial Journal and the Sydney Morning Herald.
But scrapping from the major news sites doesn’t seem to be the only thing that’s being scraped from these sites.
A new survey has found that more than half of Australian users said they’d be willing to scrap their news content if they could find it on other websites.
The survey, which was commissioned by News Limited, also found that most Australians said scrapping articles from the Sydney Daily Telegraph and The Australian is fair game.
However, scrapping of the articles does not necessarily mean a user is willing to pay for the removal of their content.
The Australian has contacted News Limited for comment.
In a statement, News Limited said: “We take scrapping a matter of fact and we are always looking for ways to improve the content that we deliver to our audience.”
However, the company said it would not remove any content unless a user pays a subscription fee.
“If you don’t want to be notified of a removal, then you can pay for that,” the company wrote.