Hi justanswer,I was wonder if I can embed google or bing search results in my webpage and show advertisement next to it? Is it legal?Thanks!
Can you say more about how you would embed the results? Are you taking a screen shot? Wiring it in more fully?
There is a html tag called "iframe" which can embed another webpage into my web. so I can pass the url into this frame, ex: http://www.google.com/#q=lawyer&fp=1 This will show the search result for "lawyer" in that iframe in my website. There are some examples about iFrame: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_iframe.asp
Interesting. There has been a little litigation over time about this sort of thing, and the results are mixed. That is, there is no clear rule right now about when you can or cannot frame another site. That said, if you leave all of Google's or Bing's own advertising intact and just add your frame around it, you would have a strong argument that what you are doing is perfectly fine. You would not be undermining their revenue opportunities, after all -- and what you are doing would then be hard to distinguish from a million other, perfectly fine things, like (say) having a computer screen running on a physical table, with products displayed on that table for sale. I can't imagine that anyone will even go after you for something like this. (But, again, the law here is not clear; so if the question is "is this clearly safe?" the answer is "no".)
Hope that helps. Good luck.
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