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    Ripping data from search engines?Legaly?

    may I just go to Google.com or Yahoo.com and download some of theyre data, and insert them into my special 404 error page ) [that one, that's generating an 200 OK CODE )

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    Download some of their data? If you mean copy their search results, I do not see how that benefits you. The best thing to do with a custom 404 page is to help your users find what they are looking for on your site.

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    I got cease & desist letters from both Altavista and Google a few years ago for doing something like that, so I don't recommend it.

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    You shouldn't just copy data from any source unless you know it is public domain or you have the permission of the owner.
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    You can legally do it if you do not copy their entire databases. Their search results, outside of the entire results as a whole, are not copyrighted. At least that is my understanding of the law.

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    Yes, I was also thinking that all the text descriptions + urls , are not copyright by google, they are a whole, so what If I will only take 5-10 results?

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    I don't see them complaining if you have a notice on the page saying 'results courtesy of google'. But of course, I'm not a lawyer...

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    I got an idea: Why don't you just ASK them how they would feel about it? Sheesh.

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    Or you could just use the Google API and have no worries with it.
    http://www.google.com/apis/


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