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NON-Commercial Use - RSS Feeds

1:59 pm on Oct 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone please tell me how non-commercial uses would be defined for the use of RSS feeds on my website?

Basically, I want to use some news rss feeds from Yahoo on my website. I do not sell anything on my website except for advertising space. I wrote to Yahoo to ask for permission and they wrote me back with their general "can be used for non-commercial uses etc." I wrote back and asked them specifically about the use their rss feed on my site and how they define "non-commercial" use. Yahoo responded to me saying that they can not define non-commercial use for me because of legal issues and that the use of their RSS feeds on my site is my call. They did not say no, but they did not say yes.

I also formally asked Google at their Permissions Department by filling out the specified form and faxing it and Google never responded.

I display other RSS feeds on my site that I have specific permissions to use.

So, can I use Yahoo News RSS or not? It does say that the feeds can be used on blogs and many blogs have advertisements.

I would really appreciate some opinions on this.

9:28 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Basically, non-comm doesn't mean that you're selling stuff on the site, it just means that you can sell the feed's content!
10:40 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The way I've always interpreted "non-commercial" is that you can't use them on a commercial site:

"...for use by individuals and non-profit organizations for personal, non-commercial uses."


11:02 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm I understand what you mean, but surely a 'commercial' use for them is selling the content?
1:14 pm on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you have ads on your website/blog then it's commercial use.

If you sell a product or service on or via your website/blog, it's commercial use.

If you use the feeds to build traffic or seo for your website/blog, it's commercial use.

Essentially the only allowed use for the majority of the RSS out there is for a private person to use the content from the RSS in a news reader for personal and private consumption.

Google and Yahoo don't own the content that they use and will not give you permission to use it... even if they attempted to that doesn't give them the right.

If you think you won't get caught or are too small for the media corps to worry about think again.

Remember that copyright violations do not require intent. If you used the content without license you're liable... period.... and the statutory amounts for violateor are huge and they triple if intent is proven.

Services like Yellowbrix, AP, Reuters, All Headline News exist to provide licensed content exactly for this use.