I'm setting up a website which hosts venues for customers to book for any event (be it: wedding, party, conference.....) is It legal to just go an list any venue without their approval if I don't list prices or anything? My query here is around companies like yelp and Zomato who do so without "restaurants" approval as its information in the public domain... Any advice here would be greatly appreciated?
I've worked for 3 startups which were basically listing sites for business or content already out there.
You have covered the key point in your question - is the information in the public domain? And would the venue owner want that information to be spread widely
For example, in order of most acceptable to least is:
1. Scraping venue websites which are actively promoting for business
2. Listing venues which don't have a public website or listing but you know are open for business
3.Calling for a quote about a specific private event and then guessing pricing based in that quote
Number 3 or worse won't win you any friends in the industry - and that is important for your model I imagine!