Protecting Application Programming Interfaces (API)
Through Intellectual Property Laws
What is an Application Programming Interface?
An Application Programming Interface (API) is an electrical socket of a modern
software system. To draw a simple parallel, in the manner that every electrical
device utilizes a certain type of plug that easily fits every other outlet of the
corresponding type, an API allows different software made by different people at
different times to be worked together without any hindrance. The same has
allowed several million applications worth billions to work on android, iOS, and
Windows, even though those applications may or may not have been devised by
Google, Apple, or Microsoft. API primarily allows interaction of different software
elements since, in isolation, they would not derive substantial returns.
The Role of Standard Software Libraries
As is mentioned above, it is the interaction of different software that makes an
API vital. Therefore, there is a certain level of interdependency created, which
provides each element a particular degree of functionality that is facilitated by
software libraries consisting of pre-written codes, which implement a series of
inter-relational functions after receiving inputs. These libraries allow different
programs to interact over a network, access the storage of the device, and also
modify what may be displayed on the computer to a certain extent. This library
feature is also facilitated by programming languages, like Java and Python. It helps
programs that are made or using that language to access a computer’s operating
system. They are the foundation upon which other things are worked upon or
built. The same eases the process of the creation of software since the
programmer does not have to build things from scratch. Therefore, it helps in the
abstraction of the work created by the developed at a quicker pace.
The Components of an API
As mentioned, an API is a connecting dot between an application and the library.