On 3 June 2022 a lawyer sent me a “cease & desist” letter to stop selling German car database. Feel free to browse other databases available on my website.
Happened before to receive cease & desist letters when I created Excel database from an API seller for people who need to store data locally, case in which API was not an option. In order to respect other businesses, I tried creating databases by scraping data ONLY for websites that do not make business from selling data.
Allgemeiner Deutsche Automobil-Club e.V. (ADAC.de) created one of the largest car databases in the world: over 140,000 car versions, with over 250 fields of specifications. All data is freely accessible HERE: https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeug/autokatalog/marken-modelle/ and I never seen option to purchase / download data, nor any TOS that forbid copying data. Customers asked me to extract data from ADAC, which I did, and sold here as Excel database, until…
I received a cease & desist letter (in Romanian) written by a lawyer from Romania allegedly hired by ADAC, requesting me to stop selling and delete database with data scraped from ADAC.de, or I will be subject of lawsuit and pay damages. While initially I though that is a non-sense intimidation attempt, a short conversation revealed that ADAC does sell their data as well, although not obvious from their website. I wished to be informed earlier, before having so many customers left without updates. In this case I publicly apologize for any losses I caused and infringing their intellectual property rights.
The lawyer requested me to direct new customers interested in having the largest car database in the world, and past customers who previously purchased from me and needing updates, to purchase data legally from ADAC. How much does cost and how someone can purchase when www.adac.de does not state anything about selling data… I will announce once I get more details from ADAC or local lawyer. Communication is slow because lawyer translate every reply from German to Romanian.
If any ADAC employee read this, please contact me directly instead of wasting time through third-party lawyers and translations.