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Would this be legal? - Software Development Related

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Herion, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Herion

    Herion Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jul 8, 2012
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    Is creating a API for a service like Twitter legal? The API wouldn't use Twitter's API, but instead it'd automate Twitter's website.
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

    Jun 22, 2013
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    It depends on the purpose of the API. If you're using something that's publicly available, no problem (generally speaking), however your concern should not be whether such an action is legal, rather, whether such an action is a breach of the TOS of Twitter (which I can almost assure you it is), and what the damage might be for breaching the TOS.

    If you understand what the damage might be, and decide to go ahead with it anyway, at least you know the worst case scenario :)
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