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I am going to open a movie review website where users will publish their reviews, but first I need to insert some info about the movie.

I need to copy some information from sites such as IMDb, and then I want to refer the website possibly with a backlink. Will it have any bad effect on my site in terms of Google page rankings on Google search?

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  • If you want to use anything on imdb you need a license. Even under fair usage quote blocks do not make the process legal without seeking 1. A license and 2. Permission. Additionally you are not allowed to use trailers without a license period. DVD covers can normally be used under fair usage if you sell the items directly. Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 16:40

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I am going to open a movie review website where users will publish their reviews,...

To make this successful, you should have at least someone to moderate the reviews, otherwise duplicate content could get posted and/or malicious scripts could get posted and then executed on the site if the input is not automatically filtered. (for example, accepting HTML tags such as the SCRIPT as part of the review message)

but first I need to insert some info about the movie. I need to copy some information from sites such as IMDb, and then I want to refer the website possibly with a backlink. Will it have any bad effect on my site in terms of Google page rankings on Google search?

As the other answerer stated, don't copy content. However, if the content being copied is about one sentence or less and not used too often on the website, then its acceptable because then you're referring to a quote. If however you're taking paragraphs of information or even more, then that counts as duplicate content.

The best case scenario for having duplicate content if you're extremely lucky will be that you'll appear at the very bottom of at least one search engine you attempted to index the affected pages in.

The most likely scenario will be that you will not be indexed at all, and if someone finds you stealing content, they can file a DMCA report on you. I'm not from the U.S.A., but in U.S.A, they call it DMCA. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act

To best answer your question, the best way to write information about a movie is to watch the entire movie yourself then write about your own experiences about it. If you must copy things, copy maybe one sentence a character said that was exceptional and use the movie title names and actor names.

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Even though there probably is a 'right way' to copy information from a website, I would strongly suggest that you better don't, unless it's clearly allowed and encouraged.

imdb belongs to amazon – and I doubt that they will give away their content for the price of a backlink. Even worse: they probably have the tech and the staff to find out about your 'reference' and I suppose they would probably invoke legal action against you.

From their website:

All content included on this site in or made available through any IMDb Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, video clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of IMDb or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws.

(IMDb Conditions of Use)

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