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  • What is the acceptable limit of how much I can use a company’s paid API to base my own product?

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  • Katie

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    September 28, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Here is a hypothetical example to illustrate what I mean (not actually my business): Google offers Natural Language recognition API. Let’s say I offer news sentiment assessment service: The customer enters a topic, I aggregate various news articles, run them through Google’s Natural Language API, then tell the customer whether the news around this topic is positive or negative. Google would charge $1 for 1000 queries, but I would charge x10 for that after my “news aggregation” twist. There is probably a clause in Google’s API terms and conditions that I cannot create a competing product or resell their API or something along those lines. However, I am not competing with them directly nor reselling their API direct. Users won’t be able to tell that I used Google’s API in my algorithm. Is this allowed? I am asking in terms of Legality and Ethics. The above is not my actual business model, and I know Google is probably too big to care. But if Google was a smaller company, do you think I could get away with building my business based on somebody else’s API? Another example: Similar to how Uber is using Google’s maps. Without it they would have never gotten to where they are. Is Uber paying Google a fixed API fee (or I think it is even free) to use the maps? or is Google charging them a % of their revenues? – by /hq/jacklychi – –

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