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Any legal issues when copying an API?


it's now the second time, that I run into a problem of not being
able to use a C/C++ library because of legal issues or lack of
support for Linux on ppc. In both cases I have at least the
header files for the library or a good description of the api.

I wonder if there are any legal issues if I took the description
of the api and implemented my only library, which would be for
my purposes a sufficient replacement. Couldn't I publish my
code without running into problems? May a use the header files
from the commercial library or at least to the user of my
library where to get them?

I'm asking here, because I would like to created packages of my
library for debian.

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