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1. API License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, LN grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to use a downloaded API to develop, enable, and distribute or publish your LN content delivery software application or website (the “Application”). You may use the APIs to allow bona fide end users of the Application (“End Users”) to access and view authorized LN content and functionality. LN reserves all other rights to APIs not expressly licensed herein.
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(a) modify, obscure, circumvent, or disable any element of the APIs or their control features;
(b) use the APIs in any way that harms or disparages LN or LN products or services, infringes LN intellectual property or other rights, or violates applicable laws and regulations;
(c) use the APIs with an Application that is offensive, abusive, harassing, threatening, discriminatory, vulgar, pornographic, unethical, unlawful, or otherwise inappropriate as determined by LN in its sole discretion; or
(d) conceal or disguise your identity from LN.
All use of APIs is subject to reasonable information security policies and procedures from LN which may not be fully disclosed and shall vary from time to time. You may not redistribute, sublicense, or assign this Agreement or your API license to any third party without the prior written consent of LN.
3. API Content.
(a) Access. The APIs will provide you limited access to certain LN content made available by LN ("API Content"). API Content offered under this Agreement must be received only through proper use of the APIs and when used with the Application and may not be republished, disclosed, or used outside of the Application without the consent of LN. LN reserves the right to limit access to API Content and LN technology, such as by restricting the number and bandwidth of transactions delivered to an Application within commercially reasonable limits. If certain API Content requires user authentication to access, you may: (i) access such API Content only if you are an authorized user and (ii) distribute such API Content to only authorized End Users who, depending on the type of API Content, may require a relevant subscription or license to access such API Content.
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(a) Minor Changes. For API changes classified as minor (non-breaking changes), LN will provide a beta version of the new API and will run the new beta in parallel with the existing version for a period of no less than six weeks before upgrading the live servers.
(b) Major Changes. From time to time, it may be necessary for LN to make a major (breaking change) update to an API. When a major update is made, LN will operate both the deprecated version and new version for a period of no less than eighteen months to allow API developers to update their software and, as necessary, notify their End Users. After the eighteen month period, LN may then decommission the deprecated API version.
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