Why I can’t use Gmail

I got a Gmail account yesterday. (Thanks, Victor!) Unfortunately, I can’t use it.

It’s not because I’m using Safari — it seems to work fine. And it’s not because I’m disabled — I’m not. It’s because of Gmail’s terms of use.

From the Intellectual Property Rights section (emphasis added):

Accordingly, you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, or create derivative works from the Service. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Service.

For me, being able to check my e-mail is a pretty important part of having an e-mail account. Oh well.

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