Using someone else's website for an app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ddgiphonenewb, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. ddgiphonenewb macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    Can anyone advice on the legality of the following.

    Would an app that essentially used the gps to locate the user on a map and then link to a website such as

    a website to find bars on a map.

    But linking to this website inside the app, not using safari to access it.

    Basically its an app that enables location finding and adapts a site to the mobile screen but uses a third party website. Emphasis on the fact that i do not own or am not affiliated in any way with

    anyone know if this would be ok or allowed?
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It's a fairly complicated question... the practice essentially is the same as what is sometimes called "deep linking."

    As you can see, the views vary quite a bit on whether this practice is considered acceptable or not. The best resource is the site in question's own use policy, but they don't always address issues like this.

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