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Once you have read the material above and agree to it, please mail [email protected] with a desired username along with a detailed description of your intended use. For example, integrating it into a product, using in a commercial environment, require API access for a specific reason or exact tool(s), or desire to contribute to the project (specify how). Requests made with vague details may be ignored completely. Requests from any free email provider (e.g., may be ignored completely.

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