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Why You Need an API License Agreement

Some companies may open up their API to third party developers without an API license agreement ("going naked"), however this can cause problems and lead companies to later need to create a license an...

Open Source Code (API) Allows Your Community to Give Helpful Feedback

When drafting an API licensing agreement, it may be prudent to consider that the less one-sided the restrictions are, the more the API will attract innovation by open source developers. This articl...

Licensing of Open APIs

The article discusses the objectives and benefits of an open API license, which are similar to a software license. These include defining the extent to which the API can be used without constituting a...

Apple’s Licensing Restrictions – Do They Violate Competition Laws?

Apple's Licensing Restrictions - Do They Violate Competition Laws? Apple's streaming music service has attracted a great deal of attention, from both music lovers and consumer interest groups alike...

The Shut-Off of Twitter’s Firehose is a Hazard of the API Economy

Since Twitter will no longer be selling its firehose data (full, unfiltered stream of tweets available from the service) to third party sellers, but will license the data to users of its API, it is im...

Market Pressure May Ease Data Restrictions

Controlling the license of the brand is important for both the licensor and the licensee. An API license allows a licensor to increase its brand recognition. If developers can develop apps based on th...

Passionate Users Will Appreciate an Excellent API Licence

If a social media site wants to attract attention or encourage community participation, it may consider giving API licences to third parties. This way, passionate members can transform their ideas int...

Compliance with Privacy Policy Essential for API Use

Compliance with the privacy policy of the API licensor is an important term and condition of using the API. If the licensor is bound by privacy rules and is not allowed to retain private data, then th...

Encrypted Message Platform to Meet Regulatory Requirements for Financial Institutions by Storing Message Content for Several Years

An open source API will allow developers to attach services to the software platform that they are using. This can help even on platforms that emphasize security and confidentiality. A new communic...
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