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Is it OK to share the key in our source? Someone could just pick it up and use it for other purposes.

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Couldn't you just require that they get their own keys? –  Cyclone Jul 8 '10 at 19:49
    
@Cyclone I think that beats the purpose of having keys in the first place.. –  Felix Jul 8 '10 at 19:50
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Don't worry too much about leaking your key. Its not the end of the world.

Remember, throttling and bans are done based on IP. The key is basically for identification purposes.

Only in cases where the vast majority of the users of a key are abusive would we consider banning the key itself.

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And of course, in that case, it's likely because the app was poorly designed or is inherently malicious. –  Nathan Osman Jul 8 '10 at 23:45
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