Vasco Costa vasco.costa at
Sat Feb 13 19:20:52 GMT 2021

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 05:51:31PM +0000, Nico wrote:
> I disagree. We're not re-hosting their content on gemini, we're just using
> gemini as an interface to view it. Viewing medium in a web browser is a
> painfully slow experience, we are simply creating a better viewing
> experience for ourselves.
> Would you use the same argument against, eg. A mobile twitter client?
> Twitter posts also aren't an open license. Just my 2 cents.

This thread touches an important topic, which I've been wondering myself
for a while now. Regarding your particular question, I think that every
website that exposes a public API which allows access to their content
indirectly allows the user to redistribute their content. So, this is
not the same as scraping a website's HTML.

That being said, where do we draw the line between providing an
interface and simply copying/redistributing third-party content?

By reduction to absurdity, if we create a web browser that cannot render
some HTML tags used by ads or that does not interpret javascript, are we
also just copying/modifying content? In this case I don't think we are,
so it's not a simple matter.

On the other hand, there's also the more philosophical question which
has also been mentioned. Should Gemini care only about exclusive content
and services, or is it fine to get a lot of content from other

Vasco Costa

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