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Acceptable Use Policy

geoPlugin's geolocation web services are a free webmaster resource for geolocation and geocoding of web programs.

You may use these services for free within the realms of 'normal use'.
Normal Use is defined based on lookups arising from normal internet activity arising from real people visiting your pages.

If your site has a raw daily visit rate superior than 100,000 visitors per day and you wish to use geoPlugin, you must contact us prior to flooding the service with requests. Failure to do so will result in your lookups being classed as spam/flooding the service and will not be tolerated. Greater than 120 API requests per minute will get you blacklisted for 1 hour. More than 100,000 requests per 24 hr will get you permanently blacklisted.

You may not flood our servers with requests (spamming), nor harvest data from automated lookups (bots), nor perform greater than 100,000 daily lookups without prior agreement with us.

Lookups are IP and HTTP referrer limited and verified every minute to prevent spamming and bots.
If your server is found to be spamming or harvesting data from our services, your IP or domain will be blacklisted for 1 hour, during which time you will receive a “403 Forbidden” response.
For users of the javascript webservice that bypass IP identification due to the client-server nature of the lookup, if you spam or flood our service as described above we reserve the right to change the output of the javascript, which may include taking control of the end-user's navigator screen, in a manner we see fit to offset our costs, or refuse service completely, at our discretion. Users of this javascript service to geotarget advert-networks are particularly invited to contact us, since ad-network distribution put large stress on the servers due to the shear volume of hits they receive.
If your server continues to spam or harvest data, you will be blacklisted indefinitely.

Under normal use, your server activity will not activate these anti-spam filters if you have less than 120 visitors a minute. Blacklisting checks are automatically performed each minute. Please note search engine spiders visiting your site may increase your lookups and take you over this limit. Please see our frequently asked questions on how to avoid this.

Important notice regarding use of any web service.

Lookups totaling more than 120 per minute will result in temporary (1 hour) blacklisting, during which time you will only receive a "403 Forbidden" response.

In the case of the Javascript web service where server blacklisting is not possible, lookups totaling more than 120 in any minute may result in alteration of the Javascript output for the placement of adverts on, above, or under your web page that uses the geoPlugin Javascript web service to offset our costs. We will only resort to these measures for excessive abuse.

If you think you are going to be performing more than this number of queries, please consider Server Whitelisting that will remove these lookup checks up to a limit of 2 million daily lookups.

The geoPlugin webservices are for your own use. You may not under any circumstances 'resell' the data obtained, whether by offering a similar service (free or commercial), by passing lookups performed by your server to geoPlugin onto third parties, or by saving the data obtained from lookups for greater than 24 hours. Incorporation of geoPlugin's services into a commercial package requires prior authorisation from geoPlugin, whereby costs may be incurred. Incorporation of geoPlugin into non-commercial packages is permitted although you should let us know prior to product release.

Since use of the geoPlugin service requires no signup procedure, simple use of any of the geoPlugin web services implies your agreement to this policy

While we have extremely few outages (>99.8% uptime), geoPlugin does not guarantee in any way service uptime. You should add catchable code to prevent your site from going offline should be offline.

geoPlugin uses the GeoLite database from MaxMind.
Use of geoPlugin services making use of geolocation data is under condition of acceptance of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The attribution requirement may be met by including the following in all advertising and documentation mentioning features of or use of this database:

This product includes GeoLite data created by MaxMind, available from
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