I need to point something out here that's so often misunderstood... this is really simplified and I'm not a lawyer... Copyright exists as soon as a person starts a piece of work. It doesn't even have to be a finished work to be copyrighted, just documented (ie if it's in your head you have no documentary evidence and cannot prove you came up with an idea first). An individual or group of individuals does NOT have to put the copyright symbol on an article or web page for them to have copyright. It exists by default. If you wrote it, it's your's whether you say so or not. There are exceptions for people employed by another to create something for them, best talk to a lawyer if you have any doubt's over this. Of course defending your copyright in court is easier if you've made it clear that it is yours. That's why people do it. If you're trying to extract sections of a directory like Yahoo it becomes really grey as technically they own the listing but they don't own the sites listed so it's a toughie. Contact the website owner and see if they are happy to let you use their content. It helps to put links back to the original site as a courtesy. But unless you've got the site owners permission you're probably breaking copyright somewhere. Just using their table layout with the results could be close to crossing the line. A designer has copyright on a site too :-) Important note: Information being public does not mean that that info is in the public domain. not in respect to copyright law anyway. Example: You read a synopsis of a book on the web, this doesn't mean the author let go of his copyright or moral rights to show the world the synopsis. If anything this is the point of copyright, so a person can publish/create a work without everyone else being able to claim it's theirs the second they read it, it's for your protection as well as the big corporations. Copyright is a mine field which is why lawyers make so much money try to protect someone's copyright, it's not clean cut sadly. If you didn't write it, ask the person who did. If you have an email from them saying you may use it then you're clear. I do know a few search engines let you use their content. generally you either pay for it or link to one of their pages so their banners are still there etc. Of course there's nothing to stop you using their directory to compile your list of links. However if you're actually calling a file off of their server you are directly using their content definitely ask them. HTH Angie > > It depends what the data is. Explain in more detail please. > >That data in this case would be the contents of the directory or part of >it, like the web design category under yahoo for a specific region and >any other directory listing for that example. > > >-- >For unsubscribe and other options, including >the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: >http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !