I'm trying to get my head around how companies create software that obviously breach various parties terms of service, especially Google's, without being taken down. A big example is ScrapeBox. As far as I can tell they are a legit company, with an office address. They have written software that obviously breaches the Google TOS, and I wouldn't exactly say they are flying under the radar. Every second IM'er knows what ScrapeBox is, so surely Google does too. If that is the case, why haven't they been taken down yet? Here are the terms I am talking about: "You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services through any automated means (including use of scripts or web crawlers) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Services." Scrapebox is hardly the only example. There is Market Samurai, every content scraper around, every rank checker around, and more. Does the big G just not have time to deal with this kind of stuff, or do the software companies somehow pass blame down to the user. Something like 'You acknowledge that by using our tools you may be in breach of Google's TOS. If you choose to use our tool to scrape/check/whatever, you accept the responsibility associated with this ..." I am building a tool that needs to be able to scrape Google. I don't want to go against the TOS, but every second IM tool out there must be in breach of this. So I guess the question is, how are they getting away with it?