Third-party web developer access to Church materials

Beginning in September 2011, the Church will release a beta program allowing third-party developers to apply for approved access to the Church’s repository of gospel content. The access will require developers to sign an intellectual property license agreement and will specify what content is approved for distribution. The third-party developers will then receive an API that allows them to access Church content (such as magazines, manuals, scriptures, conference addresses, and other gospel resources) for use in their applications.

Currently, some third-party developers are using backdoor methods to screen-scrape the Church’s copyrighted content. At the end of the first quarter of 2012, the Church will require all third parties to have permission prior to using copyrighted material.

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