Request: Permission to Distribute CSS style-sheet that resizes Emoji and replaces some with selected PlanetSmilies emoticons

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This is a permission request to IMDb.

I am experimenting with a "CSS style-sheet" for use within a Firefox or Chrome web-browser.  (This involves using a third-party add-on to enable the style-sheet for local use in the browser.)

My style-sheet would be intended for use with the IMDb message boards specifically. The purposes of the style-sheet are:

(1) to replace some "Emoji" characters with selected "PlanetSmilies" emoticons, and

(2) to reduce the displayed size of Emoji, by scaling them to approximately six-tenths of their current dimensions.

The style-sheet would be intended for experimental use with desktop computers or notebooks.  (I am not prepared to test and evaluate any usage on phones or other mobile devices.)

PERMISSION REQUEST:
Would IMDb permit me to distribute my style-sheet publicly, on an experimental and unsupported "as-is" basis, under a free-software license (e.g. an Apache 2.0 license), and would IMDb permit users to freely utilize the style-sheet, to serve the intended purposes (1) and (2) as stated above?

(Note: I have also emailed PlanetSmilies to ask whether they would grant their permission to distribute this style-sheet to utilize their emoticons in this manner.  I will not distribute unless both IMDb and PlanetSmilies reply and grant me permission.)

I feel that this proposed distribution might provide useful benefit.  Perhaps it could help to alleviate some of the recent complaints regarding the switch to Emoji?  I would hope that some users who'd choose to try this solution might consider it a satisfactory workaround.

Thanks.  I look forward to IMDb's reply.  Please let me know if IMDb has any questions about this project.

-- Lucus Anon
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Our T&C prohibit the modification of our site, sorry.

We're thinking of making the emoji smaller.  Keep your eyes out for news on this soon.
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Our T&C prohibit the modification of our site, sorry.
Thanks for advising me on this.  My aforementioned experiment (replacement with smileys) had already ended before you replied.  (As stated, I did not distribute any code, since I was not given permission to do so.)  I have deleted the style-sheet.

Previously and more recently, I had also used another CSS style-sheet to hide the emoji, so that they did not appear at all.  Again, I did not distribute code, but used it for myself.  That CSS experiment is now ended as well.  (Separately, please see the "update" below.)

As a more general question:  Would the terms and conditions of use effectively require that I must allow the emoji to appear in my web browser??

UPDATE:

I am now preparing to use a 2nd web browser (Chrome) that is already installed on my PC.  Please note that the Chrome browser's built-in settings include an option to disable the display of images for all pages on a specified domain.

I plan to use Chrome's built-in Content Settings to "block" images for the www.imdb.com domain specifically.  I would then use that browser to visit the IMDb boards without images.

Would IMDb have any issue with that?

I feel that I should of course have a right to use my web browser's built-in settings and options.

My question (please excuse me if it's a really dumb question) is whether IMDb T&C would prohibit my using the IMDb boards, while I am using a web browser that is configured to block the display of images for all pages on the domain?  I trust that this should not be prohibited, nor considered a "modification"?  Please let me know if I am mistaken about this.
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Thanks again for your reply.
The original request is thus withdrawn.

As I mentioned above, the Chrome browser's built-in advanced Content Settings provide for domain-specific image-blocking.

I've got that set up in a tab, so I can block any specified website's images at will.

This is just me, but (most of the time) I don't really "need" to see emoji, emoticon, or avatar images.  So, this solution works for me.

The company behind this particular set of emoji images (Google) is the same company that produces the browser (Chrome) that empowers me with built-in domain-specific image-blocking. ("Thanks Google.")
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Think I might block 'em too.
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You don't need to distrbute anything because there are already userscript for Firefox and Chrome that "hide" emoji by "converting" them to regular text smileys (planetsmiley smileys)
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You don't need to distrbute anything because there are already userscript for Firefox and Chrome that "hide" emoji by "converting" them to regular text smileys (planetsmiley smileys)

Dude.  WHERE?  I NEED THIS.

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