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Questions about using Google/Bing/Ask.com search results

I am wondering if there is any law against having a program execute a google search and displaying the results to the user? This would be a marketing tool where the user could count how many URL's have the word "chicken" in the title, or in the body, for example. Then this data could be saved to a database for later use.

Have I described anything that might violate the rights of the search engine provider? What about the advertising part of the equation?

If I did not show the any ads from the search engine, yet parsed through the search results, they'd be mad. But is it a violation of any explicit rules or accepted implicit Internet courtesies?

Just wondering.

Also, if you know of any existing programs that already do this, it would save me lots of time than researching this further.

Thanks!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
See here: http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

"5.5 Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with Google, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose."
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newbiewebAuthor Commented:
So, "sell the services" would mean writing a wrapper webpage of sorts, which executed the Google search?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
They are saying that you can't legally do that without signing an agreement with them.
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newbiewebAuthor Commented:
Got it. Thanks!
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newbiewebAuthor Commented:
How about "Sort"?

Is it a violation to write a program which sorts the URL's in a different sequence? But does not do any of the bad things you mentioned?

I think that would constitute copying, since you'd need to create lists of these links. True?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
First, using their search results without credit is basically stealing.  Google does have programs that let you use their search results but you need to go see if they have anything that suits your needs.  And if you make money from their search results, they should get some of it.
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newbiewebAuthor Commented:
Of course there would be credit to Google. I do not have a search engine.

I just hoped to add value to their search results for the user, that's all. But it does not seem possible  given their wording.

Thanks for the help.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can always contact them thru their forums and ask...
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