Using someone else's website for an app

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

  1. ddgiphonenewb macrumors newbie

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    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 http://www.newyorkontap.com/subways.asp

    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 www.newyorkontap.com

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

    mkrishnan

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    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
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    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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