Skype: tweak our API, and those tweaks become ours

Kudos to my fellow VoIP blogger Ted Wallingford for pointing us to a Skype API end-user agreement that would seem to reserve all rights to anything tweaks you create with the Skype API to the company. Not to you, or to caffeine-swilling code jocks in your employ.

Kudos to my fellow VoIP blogger Ted Wallingford for pointing us to a Skype API end-user agreement that would seem to reserve all rights to anything tweaks you create with the Skype API to the company.

Not to you, or to caffeine-swilling code jocks in your employ.

Yea, Ted, I've followed your pointer to the agreement, and concur with you fully.

It's right there in the Skype End-User License Agreement, where clause 3.3 says in plain view:

"You acknowledge and agree that any IP Rights arising directly from the API are the exclusive ownership of Skype or its licensors without any compensation to You. Insofar as necessary, this Agreement serves as a deed of assignment of all of Your right, title and interest in and to such API modifications to Skype, notwithstanding Your obligation to cooperate with Skype in order finalize any other deed upon Skype’s first request."

Is Skype being reasonable, or is Skype acting in an overly restrictive manner? TalkBack to us and let us know what you think.