[FoRK] any IM experts here

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Thu Mar 29 09:52:34 PDT 2007

A number of companies have agreements with AOL and probably others for 
commercial access.  I'm sure they have anti-abuse requirements and some 
kind of revenue sharing to make up for lost advertising revenue, but 
it's possible.

sdw

Luis Villa wrote:
> On 3/29/07, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>>  I'm sure that I'm way out of date and Yahoo/AIM have
>> gone to an open service in the last few years, so they can't be a
>> problem these days...
>
> They still aren't open per se but they have apparently stopped trying
> to regularly change things so as to block open source clients. I'd bet
> they'd still take legal action against commercial providers, or else
> Google would be all over interop.
>
> Luis
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