Legal implications on being a middle man?


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If I find an advertisment on a site such as craiglist and use the ad on my site to connect one of my users with the original advertisment poster can that cause any legal problem?

I am reposting the ad in my site, the user submits it and then it is submitted to the original poster (The ad may contain identifying information such as a company name).

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asked Feb 3 '13 at 05:29
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Desmond
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  • Just to clarify: are you posting a link to CL or copying CL and representing it as your own content? – Yorick 7 years ago
  • copyright violation comes to mind – Littleadv 7 years ago

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First of all, IANAL, so you may want to talk to a real attorney in this regard. But I am pretty sure that as long as you are just linking to the ad (with a no liability note in the footer) you should be good. However from your post it looks like you are copying the full ad to your website, and the user submits a reply on your webpage, which you forward to the original poster. Well, that is a copyright violation. When someone posts an ad on CL, they are granting all the rights to CL (read CL's terms of use).

answered Feb 5 '13 at 01:53
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Royal1122
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