Do you need permission from a company to use their api in your app?

If a company makes their api publicly available to developers, can you use it in any application that you create? Or do you need to get some kind of permission first?

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  • SebastianSeidel.9226SebastianSeidel.9226 DEInsider, University ✭✭✭✭

    It depends on the terms of service under which the api was made public. The best thing you could do is to ask the one who is providing the api.

  • eduardkeduardk USMember

    A relatively famous case comes to mind:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_America,_Inc._v._Google,_Inc.

    Oracle sued Google over the use of Java API in Android. Ultimately the courts ruled that it was fair use. But it has probably cost Google quite a lot of cash to win the case and Oracle may yet have another go ...

    As Sebastian said, check with the provider/owner of the API and your existing license/relationship agreement with them. It is almost always cheaper to employ a lawyer early on.

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