Rise and fall


A while ago I started documenting Pandora’s proprietary JSON API in a wiki hosted by wikia. There’s no public API documentation around, yet a lot of developers (including myself) are using it. So I thought it might be a good idea to collect the knowledge in one place in a language-independent format and editable by everyone.

Now, more than two years later, it got taken down by a DMCA notice:

Identify the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.

Copyrighted work available at: http://developer.pandora.com Infringing work available at: http://pan-do-ra-api.wikia.com <http://pan-do-ra-api.wikia.com/>

Identify the material that is claimed to be infringing

Pandora API documentation; Pandora API access

Wikia additionally told me:

There was a follow-up message where we asked if the link in the DMCA referred to the main page or to the entire wikia, and the complaining party responded by saying it was the entire wikia.

Unfortunately they were unable to provide me with a fresh backup, because:

[…] it was copyrighted material that we had to take down due to a DMCA takedown notice, we are unable to offer you the contents of the wikia. That would potentially be a copyright infringement.

The Web Archive had some pages archived. So I took them and put together a Sphinx documentation project which is available at github or my local git server. If it takes Pandora another two years to take down either of them then it was certainly worth the effort.