I would like to start a website. To get started I would like to run headlines from RSS feeds that link back to other websites (sort of like http://drudgereport.com/ in the sense that it is a lot of headlines and links back to the original website). I would like to use Google Alerts to do this automatically (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdpMuDz2Ie4). If would also like to run paid ads on the website. Is there anything wrong with this?
1 Answer from Attorneys
I would of course have your business model properly vetted before you just dive in to make sure you are not setting yourself up for a legal problem. But generally speaking, using links is not going to be an issue. Certain sites, platforms and technologies are governed by terms as well, so you need to make sure that you are not doing anything that runs afoul of those if relevant.
Assuming you are taking this seriously, you are going to have a number of legal considerations moving forward in any event. So, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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