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Legal action threatened over my blog! Help please!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by eqsurplus, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. eqsurplus

    eqsurplus Newbie

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    I just had an interesting phone call regarding one of my blogs. Basically, it's a local news portal site with a little world news thrown in.

    I am scraping the local news news, obits, and trading post from one of the local radio stations and of course posting them to my site.

    This is site does not make me money but was more of an experiment to see if I could rank the site highly and provide a better news site than the shitty one I grab the news from. It sits at #3 behind wiki and the main city website.

    The site has been up since 2005, probably been scraping the news since 2006.

    Can I just throw a "Fair use" statement and be ok to keep it running?

    Fair Use Notice:
    This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which may not be specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, social justice, and religious issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


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  2. Gman2160

    Gman2160 Junior Member

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    Who called?
     
  3. mightybh

    mightybh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    How are you scraping the content? Via RSS? Why not just speak to them on the phone and see what your options are? What exactly did they say? Did they threaten you?
     
  4. eqsurplus

    eqsurplus Newbie

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    Hehe. It was actually one of the DJ's from the radio station. Though he may be the manager or something too as he has been there for years.
     
  5. dizz

    dizz Elite Member

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    as long as u don't profit from it that is fine to use that
     
  6. eqsurplus

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    Not scraping via rss. Their website isn't that up to date.

    Here is the site I am scraping:

    hxxp://wd*xe.c0m/

    and pulling the news from here:

    hxxp://www.wd*xe.c0m/wdxe.php?rfc=news.php

    change the * and 0 to get the actual website.
     
  7. eqsurplus

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    I considered calling them up but he sounded pissed(figured I best not catch him pissed before I talk to him) and said he had contacted me before(he hasn't).

    Threaten to do everything they could(though the words "legal action" never came out of his mouth)