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Reversing a private API

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Q: Are there any legal ramifications for reversing a companies private API and using it?

A: My general sense says so, but I want to know where specifically it says so.

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Q: Are there any legal ramifications for reversing a companies private API and using it?

A: My general sense says so, but I want to know where specifically it says so.

I'm pretty sure the APIs have a copyright on them. So it technically it would be illegal, but under private use I don't think anything will happen.

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It may fall under the DMCA if there are any methods of obfuscation or protection within it or just in general. Depending on the company it may or may not be an issue and as long as you aren't doing anything commercial with it you shouldn't really have an issue. Most likely the worst thing that will happen is you'll receive a DMCA takedown notice at which point you can either comply or fight it.

However, I don't know the laws regarding a clean room implementation, that may be a viable solution.

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