Christian N. wrote:
Jeff C. firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
causing anyone else to lose revenue, then it’s probably fair use.
Now, let’s consider screen-scraping really is “quoting”. With proper
attribution, that’s fair use… IANAL.
Um, I don’t know about that, actually. You have to make sure you’re not
taking money away from the original publisher.
For example, I could easily write a site which lets you type a google
search into a text box. I could make the google http get call myself,
scrape the html, and then present the results without all of the ads
that usually appear in the right-hand margin.
Even if I say at the top, “Results provided by Google”, do you think
it’s ok for me to do that? I’m using Google’s hard work for my benefit
and they would lose money because of it.
One reason I decided not to have ads on my hockey site
(www.hawksfans.com) is because I’m scraping RSS feeds, and even though
everything is clearly attributed with a link back to the original
articles, I just wanted to be on the safe side.
By the way, I really do think most of us doing html scrapes are doing it
fairly… my apologies if I took us too far off-topic.