Bewenched - 3:23 pm on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Some where pounding it through proxy services and some once I contacted them regarding their content and image theft started not sending the referral string and common user agents. I spent about 12 hours combing through our logs.
It's a major MAJOR flaw. Competitors should ONLY be able to MAYBE see pricing comparisons and even then it really puts smaller companies at a serious disadvantage and is borderline corporate espionage.
Google does not clearly state in the Google Shopping interface that competitors can get ALL YOUR INFO including titles, pricing links to your products and links to your images through a publicly accessible API.
Here's some of what I've been going through:
The ones I'm dealing with are not using that user agent any more.
When using the APIs, the following prohibitions apply:
You will not sublicense an API for use by a third party. Consequently, you will not create an API Client that functions substantially the same as the APIs and offer it for use by third parties.
You will not perform an action with the intent of introducing to Google products and services any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, malware or any items of a destructive nature.
You will not defame, abuse, harass, stalk or threaten others.
You will not interfere with or disrupt the APIs or the servers or networks providing the APIs.
You will not promote or facilitate unlawful online gambling or disruptive commercial messages or advertisements.
You will not reverse engineer or attempt to extract the source code from any API or any related software, except to the extent that this restriction is expressly prohibited by applicable law.
Certain developer credentials are, by their nature, considered confidential. You will not disclose such confidential credentials to any third party except your agent(s) using such information solely on your behalf in accordance with these terms and under a written duty of confidentiality.
Our communications to you may contain Google confidential information. If you receive any materials or communications that are clearly confidential or marked confidential, then you will not disclose the Google confidential information to any third party without Google's prior written consent.