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Google and Bing not only have their API-based translation, but also their websites which allow for one-off translation.

While these are intended for use by humans, this also allows for a webcrawler to automatically crawl the site and obtain translations of short phrases. If a human were to manually browse to a given provider's translation site and input a phrase to be translated, then stick it up on their blog, it seems like this would be a reasonable use.

However, what are the implications of crawling a translation service to obtain the results by proxy for the user? Sort of like TranslationParty but being ad-supported rather than ad-free?

The terms and conditions for Google, for example, seem pretty straightforward about fair use of their translation API, but use of the site interface seems unclear.

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Are you asking whether it is legal and ethical to automate queries Google and Bing's translation service websites to obtain translated text to use on your own website? –  Stephen Ostermiller Aug 31 '13 at 9:41
    
Correct, though the automation would occur as a result of a user's actions through my website, not a wholly automated process. The user would initiate the communication and the site would facilitate their obtaining translated text. –  Darth Continent Sep 3 '13 at 19:08
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