This morning I received a call from a gent with a Boston accent. He indicated that he represents a firm that is displeased with some data I’m using on isnoop.net. According to the caller, my theater listings page is using his client’s intellectual property and I’m not properly licensed to do so. The lawyer seemed nice enough. Perhaps I should have kept him on the phone longer so he could tick up some more billable hours…
Like some other things I’ve developed, theater listings was a simple service I wrote for myself to clean up an otherwise cluttered interface and make the data available in my favorite feed reader. Over the years, many people have written with questions and thanks regarding the page. Thank you to everyone who used the service. I hope you might find some of my other tools just as useful.
As of now, the theater listings page is closed. If you still want this information in your web browser, check out Google’s movie listings service. For you feed reader junkies, Yahoo Pipes is widely known as a useful service for turning any web page into an RSS feed.
I’ll investigate the possibility of re-sourcing the data, but don’t get your hopes up. Also, for those who are already firing up their email clients to ask me for the source code, hold your horses. I’ve been working up a post on ethical screen scraping and now I can finally share it without being hypocritical. I won’t share the source, but look forward to an interesting and useful guide to capturing and reusing data on the web, including some advice that should help prevent you from getting your own C&D.
Check out the Google Code Project.
Available soon: WiiSaber source as well as several of my most popular PHP utilities.
Due to the popularity of MacSaber and WiiSaber, I have received several requests to write iPhoneSaber. Now that the accelerometer has been unlocked, this has become a distinct possibilty.
There’s just one problem. I don’t have an iPhone.
To be honest, I just bought a house and my finance manager (wife) won’t allow the purchase. Therefore, I turn to you. I’m not one for begging, but I have been convinced this is for the greater good.
If you’re interested in a MacSaber port for the iPhone, please consider sending your spare change my way.
Thank you for your consideration.
Thanks to everyone who helped! See next post for more information.