I'm developing some apps that rely on RSS feeds for it's contents, these apps never store the feed data, and always pull the fresh atom xml from the server. I limit the char count to 100 chars, so it won't display all the post content on the listing, and then redirect the user to a webview with the content owner's site open, so they receive their visit as they should.

My apps main sell points are the opportunity to favorite posts on the app, and the notification when new posts arrive. Other than that, it is a RSS reader, as many other, that is subscribed only to one feed.

The site owner asked me to remove the app as they didn't like it. I contested them saying that it is fair use, and refused to remove. I do have banners on it, but just on the listing screen and favorites screen, and the content is displayed bannerless.

What you people think? I'm in trouble? As I don't "republish" it, just merely display, nor I store their data, am I safer?

  • Hmm... The answer could to this question will vary based on jurisdiction. Where in the world are you? – Zizouz212 Apr 13 '16 at 21:25
  • Hello there! I'm in Brazil... But since many judges here do consider international law regarding this kind of problem, I find any opinion valid... Besides, other people may benefit from answers from jurisdictions other than mine. – joao Beno Apr 14 '16 at 1:26
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    Hmm... The thing is that copyright law is by country - and while countries have ratified international conventions, rules may differ. But I can give a general answer once I find the time :) – Zizouz212 Apr 14 '16 at 1:33
  • Thanks, and I appreciate much that you are looking onto this... I feel that RSS feed copyright status lays on a huge gray area, and could find some clearing... If you could, please approach apps that consume many feeds where they come already subscribed out of the box (Instead of asking the user to copy and paste the link themselves.). And the use of ads within the reader interface! Thanks again for your help! – joao Beno Apr 14 '16 at 1:38
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    Sounds good. Pretty sure that Brazil has ratified the Geneva convention, so any answer would ought to be similar :) – Zizouz212 Apr 14 '16 at 1:45

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