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Craigslist blocks Listpic

For the past few months, you could use a 3rd party website to browse Craigslist by looking at pictures rather than text-based titles. In a lot of ways, Listpic made perusing classified ads far more useful. In fact, some users say they started spending far more time looking at Craigslist ads once they discovered Listpic.

That's why many users are complaining about Craigslist's decision to block the service yesterday. In a brief forum post, Craig Newmark wrote that the site was causing "a major bandwidth drain, slowing the site down for everyone else," and that there's "also one other major issue still under investigation, where we have yet to determine who's responsible."

Interestingly, Newmark comments that he did like Listpic's visual aspect, so it'll be interesting to see if Craigslist eventually works out some sort of a deal with the site or implements its own graphical browsing element.

Looking at Craigslist's terms of use, it appears that the company has reserved the right to delete accounts, block email or IP addresses, or generally terminate service for pretty much any reason. That's not to say they didn't have a reason. The terms of use also forbid "creation of derivative works from or redistribution of the site or the collective work." No matter how useful Listpic was, it clearly falls under tha category of a derivative work, and it's remarkable that Craigslist didn't block the service sooner.

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