Is it ok to aggregate headlines and republish them?


I have an idea for a web app that will target to a specific audience and will collect news and blog articles, analyze them (for keywords, trending topics and more) and then display the article headlines on the website, along with links to the original article. Is it a violation of copyright to display headlines in this way?

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asked Jan 30 '11 at 18:41
Mike T
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So for the specific intellectual property issues, if this is central to your proposition then you must seek professional advice. This note isn't that, but it does reflect my practical experience in a similar space.

Ideally, you need to look at the directly stated terms and conditions of a site, and implicit terms (for instance, if there's a robots.txt file prohibiting spidering of some/all of a site, you have to take that into account; if there's an RSS feed then that implies a positive attitude).


  1. You're taking reasonable steps to avoid republishing content where there's a clear desire by the author to prohibit this
  2. You have a mechanism to exclude content in the event of specific complaints
  3. You provide your users a route to connecting directly to the source article from your headline copy

then it's hard to see you're going to run into any serious problems.

answered Jan 31 '11 at 19:58
Jeremy Parsons
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If Google can do it, so can you. Google will copy the title of all web pages that don't have robots restrictions, including a snippet of a few lines of text.

answered Jan 31 '11 at 10:58
Alain Raynaud
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IMO as long as you collect only headlines - No.

answered Jan 30 '11 at 19:15
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  • But you should read carefully copyright pages on each aggregated site. – Ross 13 years ago
  • Ross - You mean "No" as in, No it is not ok? – Mike T 13 years ago
  • I mean, it is no problem to aggregate. – Ross 13 years ago


I do not know the answer, but I have seen a website that caught my attention and is aggregating titles + about 5 lines of articles: This site is basically just aggregating blog posts as "news". So it seems possible.
Bloggers don't seem to mind: as I understand, they want to be on that site because of the traffic it brings.

answered Jan 31 '11 at 07:01
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  • Domaining is site that aggregates news by request of the owners. One of my sites was added for aggregation there. – Ross 13 years ago
  • @Ross, thanks for the info. But then, why can't someone do the same with just the headlines... as long as the blogger is requesting to be there, it's mutual agreement. – Tucson 13 years ago
  • The question was, without request. – Ross 13 years ago

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