Search engines and other applications, such as price comparison web sites generate web pages that may contain Snippets of information taken from other sites in response to user queries. Such applications or web sites typically return web page or another structure which comprises addresses, such as Universal Resource Locators (URLs) together with a snippet of information taken from the address. The Snippet of information may comprise text, partial text, images, miniaturized images, or any other information. Such web pages impose a number of problems. The Snippet of information may include copyrighted material, thus, presenting the information by the application may infringe on the right holder’s rights. Another problem relates to content control such as parental or employer control.
The technology include a method and computing program for providing a user computing platform with a response to a query, the response comprising indications to one or more Universal Resource Identifier, optionally with instructions on how to get the relevant information from there, and how to format the response. Thus a user computing platform receives information directly from a content provider, whose rights are not infringed by the query engine.
- Client’s browser is the one fetching the snippets directly from the web sites, thereby reducing the load on the search engine’s server and avoiding some legal problems related to copying and redistribution of copyrighted material.
Applications and Opportunities
- Create search engines that do not violate copyrights laws, and are also more efficient in terms of the load they impose on the search engine’s server
- Can be used by various search engine companies