Google has updated its GMail service “Program Policies” in an apparent effort to prevent people from making money by selling the scarce accounts – and possibly invitations although that is not quite clear – of its already popular “free gigabyte” webmail service currently beta-testing.
The “GMail Program Policies” document, available here now lists under the section titled “Prohibited Actions”, the following, among others:
* Sell, trade, resell or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or
transfer any Gmail account
* Modify, adapt, translate, or reverse engineer any portion of the Gmail Service
* Use the Gmail Service in connection with illegal peer-to-peer file sharing
Google can probably kill the GMail eBay sales overnight simply by requesting auctions sites like eBay to remove all such listings. But private transactions between two people are probably outside the reach of Google’s long arm. It’s all a matter of (low) supply and (high) demand.
In the case of reverse engineering, this is where things get interesting, because then we could suspect the developers of all the pop3-to-Gmail programs could be in breach, if they had to reverse engineer the GMail login process. That would include programs like PGTGPM and eMail2Pop.
News source: TheInquirer