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Android Fan
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Buffalo, WY
02/19/12 07:33 PM (12 years ago)

Copyright - Linking to website

Is it breaking any copyrights by liking to a youtube page or a website within your app? For example, if I made an app called Cheesmaking and had some good self made content but also links to cheesmaking videos and cheesmaking websites. Is this ok? I see it the same as links on my website pointing to others pages, does being in an app make it different?
Fred@mySkylla com
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02/19/12 08:27 PM (12 years ago)
it's the same whether it's via mobile app or webpage. They're both infringments of the copyright. The question is, ''Is fair use a defense?'' Fred
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Reg: Jun 24, 2011
Oro Valley, AZ
02/19/12 10:36 PM (12 years ago)
Hi @chrspe, It may or may not be, depending on the circumstances. I did a search and found this: 'Linking and framing technologies have created a whole new area of potential liability, depending on how they are used. If a simple link is provided on a web page (the linking page) and all the link does is connect a viewer to another web page (the linked page), no copyright concern is likely to arise. On the other hand, more advanced manipulations such as directly linking to content that normally would be displayed only on the linked page can cause concern. This is an area of the law that is uncertain because most disputes have been settled and there are few, if any, litigation results to provide guidance. A more common practice likely to create problems is called framing. Framing occurs when the owner of a web page (the framing page) links to content on a linked page, and the content of the linked page, not just a link to the linked page, actually appears on the framing page with the framing page's own content, including advertising and other promotional displays. In this case, the linking is not a mere pass through to another independent web page, but instead is a taking or copying of the materials from the linked page to be placed on the framing page as if it were the framing page owner's content. In such a case, it is difficult to argue that permission was given to display the content since the content actually is being loaded from the linked page upon which it appeared originally into the framing page. Without a license from the owner of the linked page, this would be a copying that is unauthorized and a violation of the copyright of the owner of the linked page even though the content was not physically moved to the framing page.' So, the answer is it depends. My take is that simple linking will not cause a violation, assuming you link to the page in whole. I've done it, and Apple has not rejected those apps. Mark
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03/15/12 06:29 PM (12 years ago)
Hi Mark. Very good info. What is your take for using a websites content when that website freely offers anyone the embed code to their content? For example, videos on animal.discovery.com encourage viewers to share the videos on Facebook, twitter, etc; and give you the embed code when you hover your mouse over the video.
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11/12/12 11:15 AM (11 years ago)
That should probably be ok as it's what in uk at least might be called an "implied license" . The situation that GoNorthWest describes is known as "passing off" - you're basically making the other site look like it's part of your own. It is a complicated area - remember though that copyright does indeed mean "the right to copy" , so always start there when you're asking the question. I.e. are you *actually copying something*? If so and: you didn't create it You don't otherwise own the rights to use it Your employer doesn't own the rights to use it You don't have an explicit license to use it and it's not in the public domain then you have to be careful. all the best Graham
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