daveuserland writes "Dan Gillmor got an email from Yossi Vardi of AOL pointing to a site where they document the API for ICQ. This is quite interesting. They have a long license agreement, so it's not exactly an open spec. I posted the agreement here so it's easy to read (on their page it appears in a tiny scrolling text box). I'm curious to know if their API is XML-based and if it is implemented in SOAP and/or XML-RPC." Wow - I just finished reading the restrictions - my favorite is the "10,000 copies" limit, as well as the continued prohibition against people under 13 years old. With "open" like this, who needs closed?