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Re: WWW::Google

by Amoe (Friar)
on Mar 19, 2002 at 16:33 UTC ( #152762=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to WWW::Google

Having seen hossman's enlightening node, I suppose I'd better disclaim this module. It probably goes without saying that I didn't read the Google TOS. I agree with hossman on this issue; the existence of this code isn't a violation of the TOS. If you're paranoid, you may wish to change the user-agent string it sends. Use at your own risk, and stuff.

And as for the TOS itself, if it wasn't serious it would be funny. For those worried, I think there isn't much chance that Google will sue you for using this module. I think that the TOS itself is overly harsh; as hossman noted, you could call all sorts of things automated searching. For example, I search by typing a phrase into my location bar in Mozilla and clicking a search button. Because I didn't enter the phrase in the textbox, does that make it illegal?

As ever, IANAL. God, I hate the legal system.


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