I’m a website developer who is looking at creating his own startup website. Without giving too much away, the functionality mainly relies on directory information (business names, addresses, telephones etc).
To collect my own data would be a massive task and to save time I am considering using a screen scrapper such as Mozenda (http://www.mozenda.com/). My intention would be to use this type of software on competitor sources and/or large directory services such as www.yell.com to kick start my own project.
I have big concerns about doing this, as I don’t know the copyright/legal implications of using this type of software. As this data is freely available from many print and web sources does this still infringe on copyright laws?