IMDB - Movie Data Licensing Question + Database Query

Posted on 2007-08-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I want to develop al Movie Review site  and would like some information about the following:

- Is IMDB licensing its Data. If not which website/Service does with relative flexibility. and/or which is the best way to do it ? I would like to query a large existing database of movies to display specific info , jacket, credits etc..on my site.
- I would also like to be able to display Trailer for each of the movie on my site. Is there a service that allow  this.
- Would it be better to query the Licensing Party and only display the data on my site like Rss. Or Would it be more efficient to get the data first and import it in my database for later manipulation. Any advantage in either.

A scenario would be that a user would want to make a review on my site on a particular movie that is not already offer on the site. Which approach would be best. (a)To display a search box that queries IMDB or similar through XML and offer a series of movies result  to choose from. Then simply display the results from the Third party site directly.
(b) Or would it be better to have a direct link to the Third party site through my DB and query/display the result straight from my DB. A Mysql DB can hold quite a bit of records so it is feasible but is it nesseary.
Bottom line is what would be the ideal solution to give my user access to the world movie databse and to use my review site efficiently. ?  Most of the info for the movie will be based on a similar template. My user info, rating etc.. will be separate.
Thank you for your assistance.

Question by:bwm2007
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    I think you are looking fro IMDB pro
    I once had to do something similar for internal use and I got a subscription for IMDB pro
    This way you can get the total database in a way much more structured then scraping the site
    (eg. an XML dump if you want)
    I am very happy with the solution I built... having full control over the data (though paying for it)
    is much more reliable than building a search layer over the imdb site, which can change behaviour without notification
    (though my experience with IMDB is that it is pretty stable)

    hope this helps


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