Over the years I’ve been wondering about the direction of the Noun Project, see this issue: https://github.com/okfn/ideas/issues/13
Having recently revisited the site I feel things have not improved. I wondered what others thought about this situation. Here’s my comment in that issue thread:
Concerns re Noun Project
Restrictive click-use terms for accessing open icons including public domain ones
Clicking on “Get this icon” leads to …
Without limiting the foregoing, in connection with your use of the Service you will not engage in or use any data mining, robots, scraping or similar data gathering or extraction methods. Any use of the Service or the Content other than as specifically authorized herein is strictly prohibited.
API is even more restrictive
The Noun Project API is designed to empower developers with a visual language. Using the Noun Project API inappropriately will result in the review and removal of your API keys.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Distributing icons.
- Reselling content.
- Exploiting The Noun Project users or content. [what does this even mean?]
- Replicating The Noun Project.
How is doing any of those things getting in the way of empowering developers with a visual language? Furthermore, each of those things is permitted in most cases by the licenses the original creators attached to their work when uploading to the noun project.
Overall this seems, a case of “open-jacking” where a project is booted on an open premise, soliciting user generated content and then is gradually “closed”.