by Richard Kemp

APIs: legal aspects of the digital world’s connectivity accelerant – WEBINAR

Kemp IT Law Webinar
Date and Time: 09.00-10.00 (UK time), Thursday 1 July 2021

Application programming interfaces – the technical rules for how separate software applications interact – are right at the heart of the cloud-enabled digital world. The long running Google v Oracle case, decided by the US Supreme Court in Google’s favour in April 2021, has shone a spotlight on the pivotal role that APIs play and the importance for API developers and users of getting the ‘legals’ right.

Top UK software law practice Kemp IT Law has for many years advised clients on the intellectual property, security, privacy and commercial legal aspects of their API strategy and licensing. In this session we will:

  • set the scene and provide practical examples of popular APIs and how the combination of Web APIs, microservices and containerization is reducing cost and speeding up development and innovation;
  • review the significance of the US Supreme Court’s Google v Oracle decision, and contrast the US and UK positions in the light of the leading cases; and
  • take a step back and review the legal components to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s API strategy and policies.


There will be no charge for this event.


09.00 – 09.05: Welcome – Richard Kemp, Partner
09.05 – 09.15: Introduction to APIs

  • What are the most commonly used APIs and how are they developing?
  • Why are the ‘legals’ round them so important? – Richard Kemp, Partner
09.15 – 09.30: Intellectual property and APIs:

  • APIs and copyright in the US after Google v Oracle
  • The legal positions in the UK and US contrasted – Chris Kemp, Associate
09.30 – 09.50: Legal aspects of managing APIs:

  • Make, buy or interface?
  • Security and privacy considerations
  • Commercial terms – Deirdre Moynihan, Partner
09.50 – 10.00: Q&A/discussion
10.00: Session closes  
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