WEB I wrote a library and web service

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  1. Kevin

    Kevin New Member

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    for getting movie data from IMDB.

    Then I saw this on imdb.com:

    Something tells me they wouldn't be happy with someone undercutting them. :\

    Main reason I wrote it was boredom at work, combined with the need for an automated way to apply movie meta data to my collection.
     
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  3. Kevin

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    I employ the legal department from sportsnimports.com. I'm not scared.
     
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    Id probably tread pretty carefully.
     
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    i was planning on something like this but my partner noticed that and was using amazon api instead... or something
     
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    didnt you talk about IMDB having an API for everyone to use?
     
  7. DoubleOMG

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    they must have some public data access, otherwise better get yourself a buttload of proxies :o
     
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    bro stick to printing shit by shaun
     
  9. hank85

    hank85 sudo shred /dev/sda -f -v -z --iterations=6

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    Those go and scrape the data from IMDB which I'm sure is no different than the method Kevin is doing it. This had come up a while ago and somewhere in their TOS they have a section about scraping their content.

    I can't imagine them getting pissy about it or even following up on it for smalltime users like you and me. IMO though, if they caught wind of you earning a dollar off of their content, I'm more than certain you will make enough of a blip on their radar to at least warrany a C&D.

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    Edit: Fuckin site isn't much of a database if the information isn't readily available for the public to play with anyways.
    </soapbox>
     
  10. Kevin

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    Yeah, I didn't really plan on doing much with it, other than putting the source on my site, and allowing a web service to be queried.

    One thing I thought about was to allow the user to optionally pass the regexp, in case IMDB changes something and it breaks. That way its more user friendly and an "admin" isn't required to keep the service running.
     
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    I would be interested in seeing how you implemented the service so I could build a ruby lib
     
  12. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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