Does the python library of Google Data API is truly free?

Kless jonas.esp at googlemail.com
Mon Jun 9 20:36:03 CEST 2008


The Python Client Library for Google Data APIs [1] has been licensed
as Apache 2.0 -a free license- but at the same time they are
restricting the rights of the users with these conditions [2], and I
don't like for anything this.

--With a hand I show you one thing but with the another one I make
another thing very different--.

I'm goingo to write anything of those terms of a "free software":

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1.1 Your use of the Python Client Library for Google Data APIs
(referred to as the "Client Library" in this document) is subject to
the terms of a legal agreement between you and Google.

2.3. You may not use the Client Library and may not accept the Terms
if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with
Google,
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4.3. As part of this continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree
that Google may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the
Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users
generally at Google's sole discretion, without prior notice to you.
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5.6. Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a
separate agreement with Google, you agree that you will not reproduce,
duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose.
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8.1. You understand that all information (such as data files, written
text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds,
photographs, videos or other images) which you may have access to as
part of, or through your use of, the Services are the sole
responsibility of the person from which such content originated. All
such information is referred to below as the "Content."

8.2. ... You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or
create derivative works based on this Content (either in whole or in
part) unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by
Google or by the owners of that Content, in a separate agreement.
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10.1. Google gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-
assignable and non-exclusive license to use the software provided to
you by Google as part of the Services as provided to you by Google
(referred to as the "Software" below). This license is for the sole
purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services
as provided by Google, in the manner permitted by the Terms.

10.2. You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy,
modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or
otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any
part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law,
or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by
Google, in writing.
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11.1. You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in
Content that you create, submit, post or display on or through, the
Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give
Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-
exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish,
publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which
you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license
is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and
promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as
defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2. You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make
such Content available to other companies, organizations or
individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of
syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the
provision of those services.
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There is certain deceit because they have used a free license as
Apache 2.0 so that people think that it is a free program, but it
stops of being it when there are terms/conditions of this style.

They use to the community to get information as data about geo-
localization. You haven't any right about its *free software* but they
get all rights about your content. And they could cancel the service
when they want.

In addition these terms are more restrictive that the owner software,
because you could not duplicate any service.

Please read well those terms and conditions before of use that library
because *IT IS NOT FREE SOFTWARE*.


[1] http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/
[2] http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/client-py-terms.html



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