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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Google X Clones Cease and Desist

Some Google X clones sprung up, as recently reported (Google X was a Google Labs offspring in the spirit of Mac OS X, and for reasons yet unknown Google removed it on the day of go-live). At least one of the clones now received a friendly cease and desist from Google. Barry Schwartz points to the SearchEngineWatch forum, which has a translation of the letter from French:

“It has come to our attention that you use functionalities related to the Google brand (commercial logos, Web pages, screenshots or other Google functionalities) on your site without the preliminary authorization of Google.

You must imperatively obtain the authorization from Google to use on your site one of the functionalities related to the company trademark. This restriction is mentioned in our terms of use that you can get for the address

If you continue to use these functionalities related to the Google brand on your site, a Google representative will contact you.

We thank you for your comprehension.


The Google Team”

The site in question is, and at this moment it’s still live.


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