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Re: [] open web v. standardized web

From: Matt Lee
Subject: Re: [] open web v. standardized web
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:35:36 -0400
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On 04/28/11 12:59, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:

> It's also not horrible to take currently proprietary protocols that we
> can successfully reimplement as de-facto standards [0].  Again, I make
> the analogy to GNU: Unix was a proprietary de-facto standard when GNU
> started (POSIX didn't exist yet).  Maybe Gmail's API is the proprietary
> de-facto standard for email in the era.  I doubt Google
> would sue us if we reimplemented in a non-copyright-infringing way, and
> it's really low hanging fruit, which was the center of Asheesh's point
> at the time.

This is basically what did at first. We got the very basic
parts of's API working so you could literally change your hosts
file and send us your scrobbles inside.

Then we added more functionality, and made the GNU FM project.

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