"Don't Use Our Private API," They Said Snark.ly

Sniffing for API calls from mobile applications has become the hip new way to open platforms that aren't yet ready for outside developers. Usually broadly-written terms and conditions essentially forbid this sort of usage, but it still happens. Snark.ly, a new iPhone app for people to share their funny one-liners, has gone a step further and expressly forbids the use of its private API in its terms.

"You must not access Snark.ly's private API," the Snark.ly terms read, "By any other means other than the Snark.ly iPhone application itself."

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Adam DuVander The former ProgrammableWeb Executive Editor, Adam is an API expert now helping regular people connect them at Zapier. Previously he worked at API companies SendGrid and Orchestrate, and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101. Find him at AdamD.org.

Comments (1)

Hi Adam, I'm Andrew Playford, the co-founder and CEO of Snark.ly.

I would say don't read too much into the version 1.0 of our legal documents. We only just launched and its not like we've been spending a bunch of time or money creating water-tight legal templates.

In fact, I just whipped it them out myself, borrowing and editing accordingly...and I'm no lawyer! I probably saw that line in someone else's documents and thought "looks good to me!".

We just figured we better slap something up! We will revisit them when our product starts taking more shape. Right now we are 100% focused on the user experience.

However, thanks for noticing!

Best regards