API Evangelist Partners

These are my partners who invest in API Evangelist each month, helping underwrite my research, and making sure I'm able to keep monitoring the API space as I do.


Streamdata is a software vendor making real-time data accessible to all by operating a proxy turning request / response APIs into feeds of real-time events.


Uptrends is the ultimate monitoring tool to stay in control of the uptime, performance, and functionality of your websites, APIs, and servers.


3scale makes it easy to open, secure, distribute, control and monetize APIs, that is built with performance, customer control and excellent time-to-value in mind.

API Licensing News

These are the news items I've curated in my monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the API definition conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I'm using all of these links to better understand how the space is testing their APIs, going beyond just monitoring and understand the details of each request and response.

Title Source Visit
Flickr’s new business model could see works deleted from Creative Commons (2018-11-02) techcrunch.com
Why a random federal agency gets to decide which devices we tinker with (2018-10-26) arstechnica.com
Redis Pulls Back on Open Source Licensing, Citing Stingy Cloud Services (2018-08-23) thenewstack.io
Licensed to thrill: One customer’s response to Cisco’s simplified software licensing (2018-06-28) blogs.cisco.com
Tyk Developer Licences – connecting more of the world (2018-03-28) tyk.io
GitHub open sources Licensed for OSS license compliance (2018-03-08) sdtimes.com
Embedding a tweet could be copyright infringement, says new court ruling (2018-02-16) www.theverge.com
What is Software License Management? SLM Explained (2018-02-04) www.bmc.com
Digital Insurer Lemonade Says No License Needed by Adopters of Its API Sales Platform (2017-12-10) www.insurancejournal.com
Why DC developers are upset about WMATA's new data terms of use (2017-11-22) technical.ly
Why DC developers are upset about WMATA’s new data terms of use (2017-11-22) technical.ly
How to license your start (2017-11-21) www.theaustralian.com.au
MIT, Apache 2 or BSD license: Who is the fairest of them all? (2017-10-31) snyk.io
Linux Foundation Debuts Community Data License Agreement (2017-10-24) thegovlab.org
This Week in Programming: Mixed Reactions to Facebook’s React Relicensing (2017-09-30) thenewstack.io
Facebook Re (2017-09-29) thenewstack.io
React Gets a New Front (2017-09-26) thenewstack.io
Relicensing the GraphQL specification (2017-09-26) code.facebook.com
Facebook re (2017-09-24) thenextweb.com
Explaining React's license (2017-08-18) code.facebook.com
EULA gotchas (2017-07-14) usa.kaspersky.com
Default License Whitelist (2017-06-12) blog.versioneye.com
How an open license can encourage use of open data (2017-06-02) sunlightfoundation.com
GitHub CLA (2017-05-05) cla.github.com
How Licensed Content Plays a Key Role in Netflix’s Content Strategy (2017-04-21) insights.newscred.com
Google hopes to end Android patent wars with a new community license (2017-04-04) thenextweb.com
Were open sourcing our approach to work/life balance in IP agreements. (2017-03-22) github.com
GitHub Steps Up to Recognizing Developers Creative Rights (2017-03-22) www.infoq.com
Open source license descriptions and metadata (2017-03-16) github.com
We are changing the IP of GitLab Pages on GitLab.com (2017-03-06) about.gitlab.com
European Space Agency announces new Open Access Policy for Images and Data (2017-02-21) creativecommons.org
State Department Publishes Open Licensing “Playbook” for Federal Agencies (2017-01-20) creativecommons.org
Interval Licensing LLC v. Aol, Inc. (2017-01-11) www.courtlistener.com
License Agreements Used on Iconfinder (2016-10-17) blog.iconfinder.com
3 Licensing Woes for Streaming Video (2016-10-17) www.avnetwork.com
Game developers say no to DRM: "hurts our customers" (2016-10-15) boingboing.net
Open licenses dont work for uncopyrightable subjects: 3D printing edition (2016-09-08) boingboing.net
IoT Extends Software Terms of Service and Licensing to Our Every Day Objects (2016-08-07) dzone.com
Creative Commons Investigating Ways To Better License 3D Designs (2016-07-19) www.fabbaloo.com
Understanding open source licenses (2016-07-12) pctechmag.com
Selecting an Open Source License for Your Project (2016-06-21) dzone.com
Fort McMurray Wildfire Data Available Under Open License (2016-05-09) www.planet.com
GitLab Looked at the Fair Source License (2016-04-07) about.gitlab.com
Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment (2016-03-22) opencontent.org
?Open? Educational Resources vs ?Open? Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter (2016-03-16) opencontent.org
What to do when a work has several licenses (2016-02-21) en.safecreative.net
Retroactive License to Parts Exhausts Patent Rights as to Whole (2016-02-18) patentlyo.com
YouTubers revolt over licensing of reaction videos (2016-02-01) www.theverge.com
You Cant Destroy the Village to Save It: W3C vs DRM, Round Two (2016-01-13) www.eff.org
Licensing and Pricing Strategies for the IoT (2016-01-05) www.ariasystems.com
ODC Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL) (2015-07-09) it.okfn.org
Open Data Commons Open Database License (2015-07-09) it.okfn.org
Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC By) v1.0 (2015-07-09) it.okfn.org
Medium adds Creative Commons licensing for writers (2015-05-06) www.theverge.com
GitHub Licenses (2015-03-24) developer.github.com
UN recommends open licensing for promoting cultural participation (2015-02-19) openglam.org
Why Startups Need an API (2012-04-21) tune.com

If you think there is a link I should have listed here feel free to tweet it at me, or submit as a Github issue. Even though I do this full time, I'm still a one person show, and I miss quite a bit, and depend on my network to help me know what is going on.

API Licensing Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

The Defensive Patent License (DPL)

The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is a new legal mechanism to protect innovators by networking patents into powerful, mutually-beneficial legal shields that are 100% committed to defending innovation – no bullies, trolls, or other leeches allowed. It also helps prevent these actors from patenting open technologies and pulling them out of public use. It's a way for patents to be used for good, and support innovators instead of threatening them.

Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. We are also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software. OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages.


GNU is an operating system that is free software—that is, it respects users' freedom. The development of GNU made it possible to use a computer without software that would trample your freedom.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.[2] The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. 

Google Apps Admin SDK

Administer domain resources, create reports, and manage subscriptions. Use the Directory API to create and manage users and groups for a domain, along with their aliases. Programmatically access the functionality found at the Admin console Organization and users tab. Use the Reports API to gain insights on Content with Google Drive activity reports. Audit administrator actions. Generate customer and user usage reports.

Open Data Commons

Open Data Commons exists to provide legal solutions for open data. In March 2008 it launched the first ever open data license: the Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL). Open Data Commons is an Open Knowledge Foundation project run by its Advisory Council and like the Foundation is a not-for-profit effort working for the benefit of the general open knowledge community.

API Commons

Provide a simple and transparent mechanism for the copyright free sharing and collaborative design of API specifications, interfaces and data models. Web APIs are fast becoming a critical technology to enable integration between service providers and consumers on the Internet, both in business and public spheres. As the number of APIs increases, so does the potential for innovation in terms of applications on top of these APIs.

If you think there is an organization I should have listed here feel free to tweet it at me, or submit as a Github issue. Even though I do this full time, I'm still a one person show, and I miss quite a bit, and depend on my network to help me know what is going on.

API Licensing Tooling

As I study each API, and API related service, I'm always looking for open source tooling that has been developed around each area of the API life cycle. This is an aggregate of tooling I've come across and aggregated as part of my API testing research.



A site to provide non-judgmental guidance on choosing a license for your open source project

If there is a tool that you think should be listed here, let me know by submitting a Github issue or Tweeting a link at me. I'm always looking for new types of tools, and get better at organizing them here and making sense.