November 2, 2005

Dave Says Clone the Google API - I Agree

Dave Winer: "Let's make the Google API an open standard". I agree. Several months ago, I emailed the requisite Google email address seeking commercial use of their API. The following thread illustrates my unsuccessful petition:

## I never heard back from the Google API folks after this email:

Hi:

So, what's the point of the api's then?

Perhaps a middle road here is to require adsense on the pages that include commercial api use? I think that would be a useful requirement in this case.

Google is certainly a commercial enterprise.

Let me know and best wishes,

Jim

On Aug 4, 2005, at 5:56 PM, api-support@google.com wrote:

Hi Jim,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, we were unable to grant
commercial use permission for your project. You can continue to use the
Web APIs as long as you use them for non-commercial projects.

Regards,
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
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From: Jim Zellmer
Subject: Re: [#30549190] Google API Commercial Use
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 20:09:10 -0500 (CDT)

Hi:

OK - just to clarify, commercial use is OK as long as we stay below 1,000
queries per day?

Thanks much,

Jim

Hi Jim,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, the Google Web APIs program is

a

limited beta service, and we cannot accommodate all the requests we
receive for commercial license keys. You can continue to use the service
up to 1,000 queries per day, provided that your application abides by

the

Google APIs Terms and Conditions.

Regards,
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
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From: Jim Zellmer
Subject: Re: [#30549190] Google API Commercial Use
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 14:54:32 -0500

Hi again:

We can probably, if it is important, change our rendering scheme to
reduce the daily query volume. However, it would be nice to have the
headroom.

Thanks again -

Jim

On Jul 25, 2005, at 2:45 PM, api-support@google.com wrote:


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