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In essentially ruling that APIs can be copyrighted, the US Appellate Court may have opened a legal Pandora's Box the likes of which the technology industry has never seen. APIs have been around for decades without being subject to intellectual property laws. But given today's ruling -- one that could potentially stifle innovation -- Web APIs are especially vulnerable. Fortunately, the battle is not over yet.
The lemonwhale API comes as a two part REST API that features JSON: one public and one private, each with separate endpoints. The public one downloads public information about videos. The private API is for altering your videos, like changing the title, or creating a new live broadcast. Authentication is required for the private API.
Joyent, a company that you might have heard of in connection to Node.js (arguably the hottest new technology on the web today), is offering some mean competition to Amazon’s EC2 service. Joyent makes no bones about it, its Joyent Node service is faster and cheaper than EC2 and Joyent has the histograms to prove it. Will no.de be enough to persuade Node.js developers to stick with Joyent?