I want to create a review website for a specific sector where visitors can browse through the different businesses, get information about them, rank and write reviews.
As for the business model, it'll focus on affiliation, lead generation and listing charges.
My plan is to "scrape" contact data (as in businesses names, web addresses, emails and phone numbers and not sites' generated descriptions or visitors' generated reviews ) and create my own dataset that I will use as a starting point for a new website.
It's going to be a one-time process to create an initial dataset, which will be later filled with an original content.
My own business is registered in Israel but the websites are US based. They contain information about businesses all over the world.
My question is whether this is considered legal, as I'm only going to use contact info (so called- factual data) that is publicly available.
Furthermore, the data will be collected from various sources meaning the collection itself will be original, or is it?