| ||Ask HN: Take down my reverse-engineered Snapchat lib because they asked?|
194 points by tlack on July 22, 2013 | hide | past | favorite | 133 comments |
|A few months ago, I spent a couple days reverse engineering the Snapchat protocol and wrote a quick and dirty library to use it in your own PHP apps:|
Today Snapchat has written me requesting that I take it offline:
I haven't had much time to really finish Snaphax (and I doubt I ever will) but I strongly support the idea that third party software should be able to interact with the services I use every day.
I'm writing to ask that you remove Snaphax from github
and no longer publish or distribute it. Snapchat does
not permit third party software to access our API and
we consider Snaphax to be an unlawful circumvention
device under 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1).
Please confirm that it has been removed by end of day
Monday, July 22nd.
I am under the impression that reverse engineering is still protected under fair use doctrines. Is this the case? How should I respond, if at all?
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