homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Pubcon Platinum Sponsor 2014
Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Content, Writing and Copyright
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: not2easy

Content, Writing and Copyright Forum

News aggregators & other headline issues

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 1233 posted 11:42 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I was just wondering... there are quite a few news aggregator sites around these days that scrape headlines off sites and regurgitate them as RSS feeds for rent.

Thing is - it isn't hard to write code to do the same thing for your own site (i.e. to aggregate your own news). But how does that tie in with copyright issues, or is it still very grey?

For instance - if I were to write my own spider that checks headlines / bodies on a few sites every day for keywords, then adds those headlines (as links to the original sites/articles of course) to the originating site; is that 'different' to if I'd read 20 sites myself and posted a link to 'an interesting article I found' manually?



WebmasterWorld Administrator engine us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Msg#: 1233 posted 8:05 pm on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's the approach to it that would make only a little difference.

Whatever method you use to "take" information from another site it is protected by their copyright. Bear in mind the server load, too, otherwise your site may end up being classed as a sponger.

The other site has done the work to create and assemble the material so they would take a dim view of someone sponging.

If you intend to do as you mentioned, you will need to contact the site owner for permission to do so, especially if the plan is to do that automatically.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1233 posted 2:54 am on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

What about aggregating / posting RSS feeds that are available on other sites directly?

And posting the headline / summary from the RSS and the link back to their site?


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1233 posted 5:52 pm on Apr 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

It depends on the site. Generally, if they just stick a link to their RSS feed on their site, they *want* you to use it. After all, it's another way to generate traffic to the news site.

Other places, like the Associated Press, allow you to use their RSS feeds for free if you're non-commercial, but require you to license the feed content if you're a commercial entity. However, this is spelled out on the RSS links page, and generally is any time there's a restriction on its use. Just keep an eye out for restrictions, but otherwise you're ok.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Content, Writing and Copyright
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved