Cvent, Inc. filed an intellectual property law suit against EventBrite, alleging multiple unfair business practices claims, including: (1) violation of Virginia’s business conspiracy statute; (2) copyright infringement and violating the Lanham Act governing trademarks; (3) violation of the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Virginia Computer Crimes Act; and (4) violation of Virginia’s common law claims of business conspiracy, unjust enrichment and breach of contract. Click here for the complaint and here for the motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
The facts described below are derived from the allegations in Cvent’s initial pleadings. Cvent and EventBright are competitor websites that help event coordinators plan events in numerous cities. Cvent invested substantial resources in developing its website and the information contained therein to develop a competitive advantage. Cvent’s website “includes detailed information about [meeting venues around the world], such as the availability and capacity of meeting rooms, venue amenities and services . . . .”
According to Cvent’s allegations, EventBrite and several “John Doe” defendants conspired to use “robot” programs that “allow automatic, systematic download and copying of websites.” Those robot programs retrieved and copied data from “4,890 pages of Cvent’s site.” EventBrite then used many of those pages on its website in violation of copyright and trademark laws to the financial detriment of Cvent.