Legality of getting reviews on a product without permission
Hi Sir, I'm going to launch a web portal which will collect the rates and reviews about the products available in the market. My query to you is, is it illegal or legal to get reviews about the product without the owner's permission.
The ratings which you wish to collect are already published in the market, that is, they are open sources of data, and hence, you do not require any additional permission from the owner of the product. Reviews do not require permission and no action may be taken against such reviews as long as they are not defamatory against the person, as provided under S. 499 of IPC, i.e., it shall not make an imputation concerning any person or company or association of persons. Moreover, it is essential to ensure that such collection does not result in denial of market access to the owner, which is prohibited under S. 4 of Competition Act, 2002.
Hence, though you do not require any grant of permission from the product’s owner for such collection of rates and reviews, but you will be safe from future legal proceedings if you avoid the above mentioned circumstances.
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Hi Apoorwa Iyer,
The reviews which I'm going to collect which are not in the market, I'll send the product links to customers asking for reviews and then they willl put thier reviews on products. In my queries I asked that I'll ask for reviews of product which are available in market(not reviews available in market).
Kindly advice is it legal or illegal?
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