LinkedIn APIs Terms of Use

We’re excited that you’ve chosen to develop on the LinkedIn platform. At LinkedIn, we believe in putting our members first. We created our developer program to enable developers to create fantastic applications for our members. Together, we are building the professional web.

Note: You are entering into a legally binding agreement.

Last revised on June 18, 2014.

1. Introduction

About us and these API Terms of Use

You agree that by using our developer platform, you are entering into a legally binding agreement with LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA and LinkedIn Ireland Limited, Gardner House, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland (“we,” “us,” “our,” and “LinkedIn”). By registering for an account (a “Developer Account”) at the LinkedIn Developer Network site at developer.linkedin.com (the “Developer Site”), you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to be bound by these LinkedIn API Terms of Use (the “Terms”). If you are using our developer platform on behalf of a company or other entity, you represent and warrant that you have full legal authority to register for a Developer Account on behalf of that entity and bind it to these Terms. If you are not authorized, you may not accept the Terms or register for a Developer Account for someone else.

These Terms will evolve, so please check back regularly. It is your responsibility to remain informed of these Terms.

  1. Purpose

    The mission of LinkedIn is to connect the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive and successful. To achieve our mission, we make APIs available to third party developers such as you to create applications for our members and customers.

  2. Scope and Intent

    The LinkedIn Developer Program includes a self-service platform program, where you can develop applications using LinkedIn’s APIs as soon as you register for a Developer Account and agree to follow these Terms, and a “Platform Partner Program,” where you can apply to develop applications if they meet our Platform Partner Program eligibility criteria and you have entered into a signed partnership agreement with LinkedIn.

    As used in these Terms, “APIs” means programmatic web APIs and associated tools and documentation that LinkedIn provides, and “Application” means a software application, website, or product you create or a service you offer.

    Here are the guidelines to determine which of LinkedIn’s developer programs fits your Application:

    1. Self-Service Program

      You may use our self-service program if you are developing an Application designed to help LinkedIn members be more productive and successful across the web; for example, by augmenting their profile and professional brand in an Application for publishing, discussing and sharing content with like-minded professionals and by applying for a job on a company’s career site.

      You cannot use our self-service program and must talk to us directly, as you may be subject to additional Terms, if your Application:

      • is expected to:
        • have more than 250,000 lifetime members; or
        • make more than 500,000 daily calls to a LinkedIn API; or
        • make more than 500,000 lifetime people search calls to a LinkedIn API; or
        • serve greater than 1 million daily plug-in impressions; or
      • relies on access to APIs as a fundamental aspect of your business.
      • will store or export any data from LinkedIn other than a LinkedIn member’s profile data (name, photo, headline, contact information, experience, education, summary, and location). This includes data for anyone other than the member who requested the data, such as profile or other data about the member’s connections; network updates; search results generated using LinkedIn data; and information about companies and job postings.
    2. Partner Program

      You must apply to our Platform Partner Program and cannot use our self-service program if your Application targets current or potential paying customers of LinkedIn products or people engaging in activities related to those products—in other words, Applications used for hiring, marketing, or selling.

      Here are some examples of what we mean by hiring, marketing and selling:

      • Hiring: Applications to find a job or fill a job, such as ones used to advertise, post, apply for, search for, recommend, refer, suggest, enhance listings for, or fill permanent jobs, contract positions, or volunteer opportunities, or for anything with a similar functionality. (You can however use our self-service program for building an Application to let people apply for a job on a company’s career site, as long as it abides by the specification at https://developer.linkedin.com/apply-with-linkedin.)
      • Marketing: Applications used by marketers or their customers for marketing campaigns, lead generation, campaign analysis, or for anything with similar functionality. (You can however use our self-service program for building an Application to let companies manage their social media presence on LinkedIn, as long as it abides by Section 3.B.5. below (“Social Media Management: Company Profile and Statistics Data”).)
      • Selling: Applications used by sales or other outbound professionals for generating or finding prospects or leads, for sales intelligence or training, for relationship management, for systematic matching of individuals with their LinkedIn profiles, or for anything with similar functionality.

      For more information about the Platform Partner Program application process, eligibility criteria and the areas where we are looking for partners visit https://developer.linkedin.com/partner-programs.

2. Joining our Self-Service Program

  1. Developer Accounts and Access Credentials

    1. Developer Account

      To use our self-service APIs, you must first sign up for a Developer Account using your real LinkedIn member account. Both the Developer Account and your LinkedIn member account must contain accurate and up-to-date information at all times, including your current title, company, and e-mail address. You agree that we can use, store, and share information submitted by you through your Developer Account as permitted in our Privacy Policy.

    2. Access Credentials

      Once you have a Developer Account you may obtain Access Credentials for your Application. “Access Credentials” means the necessary security keys, secrets, tokens, passwords, and other credentials to access the APIs. The Access Credentials enable us to associate your API activity with your Application and the members using it. All activities that occur using your Access Credentials are your responsibility. Keep them secret. Do not sell, transfer, or sublicense them. Do not try to circumvent them. And do not require your users to obtain their own Access Credentials to use your Application.

    3. Test Account

      You may create up to five LinkedIn test accounts for testing purposes only. You must create the accounts manually and not via any automated means, such as scripts. These test accounts must not interact with non-test accounts (for example, you can’t use test accounts to post messages in Groups), or override our API user limits. You must clearly identify the accounts as test accounts in the applicable account profile, and must identify these additional account profiles as “Developers” in your Developer Account. You may not create any profile positions at real companies (besides your own) through the test accounts.

    4. API License

      As long as you follow these Terms, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable license under LinkedIn’s intellectual property rights to use the APIs to develop, test, and support your Application, and to let your customers use your integration of the APIs within your Application.

    5. Plugins

      The use of our plugins is subject to the terms of our Plugins Terms of Use. If you use both APIs and LinkedIn plugins in your Application, you must comply with both these Terms and the Plugins Terms of Use.

3. Act Professionally

  1. Display and Use Content Properly

    1. Data Views

      People’s views of their LinkedIn networks are private to them, based on the connections they have. Each user must give you express permission to access their LinkedIn account and network through your Application, and you must provide the user’s account and network information only to that user and no one else. In addition, your Application must not permit users to share their networks or data about their networks to anyone else.

    2. Excluded Uses

      You must never do any of the following under these Terms:

      1. Use LinkedIn Content in any advertisements or for purposes of targeting advertisements, in your Application or elsewhere. “Content” means any data or content from our Website or accessed via the APIs. Our “Website” means LinkedIn’s website at www.linkedin.com and any other website owned or operated by LinkedIn.
      2. Use the Content for any of the following: generating messages, promotions, offers, or mass messages; or for any other purpose other than to allow end users to use the Content in your Application. This includes using the Content to send a mass message to users asking them to interact with each other, such as to rate each other.
      3. Use the APIs in any Application that includes adult content, promotes gambling, involves the sale of tobacco or alcohol to persons under 21 years of age, or otherwise violates any law or regulation.
      4. Sell, lease, share, transfer, or sublicense any Content or access to any Content, directly or indirectly, to anybody. That includes data brokers, salespeople, advertisers, social or professional networks, recruiters, or anyone besides yourself or the company on whose behalf you agreed to these Terms.
      5. Use the APIs to retrieve Content mingled with third party search results (i.e., aggregated search results).
      6. Commingle or supplement Content from the APIs with any other LinkedIn data. For example, you cannot supplement the data you have received via a LinkedIn API with data scraped from our Website (whether that scraping was done by you or someone else) or from any other source.   
      7. Use someone’s Access Credentials to show his or her Content to someone else, e.g., as part of search results. Each user must authenticate individually to retrieve his or her Content through the APIs.  
      8. Distribute or allow access to the stand-alone APIs to anyone other than the company on whose behalf you agreed to these Terms, or create an API that enables access to LinkedIn Content. Anyone who wants to access our APIs and Content must register for our Developer Program.
  2. Store Content Only As Allowed

    1. No Storing Any Content

      You must not copy or store any Content or capture or store any information expressed by the Content (such as hashed or transformed data), except to the extent permitted by these Terms.

    2. You May Store Tokens

      You may store the alphanumeric user IDs (Member Tokens) that we provide to you for identifying users or any individual member’s authentication token (OAuth Token) that we provide to you when a LinkedIn user authenticates your Application to his LinkedIn account.

    3. Cache for Performance

      To improve the member experience, you may cache the Content for up to 24 hours from a request for that Content through the API. This limited permission to cache is for performance reasons only. You do not have any rights to store the LinkedIn Content beyond this limited 24-hour period.

    4. Member Profile Data

      You may store a user’s Profile Data if you have the consent of the user to do so, for example, so that a user applying for a job at your company can provide you with a copy of their profile. “Profile Data” means the name, photo, headline, contact information, experience, education, summary, and location of a LinkedIn member. Profile Data excludes connections, network updates, job listings, groups, companies, and any other Content. The process for obtaining member consent must meet our specifications set forth at https://developer.linkedin.com/documents/specifications-obtaining-consent-store-profile-data. If you want to refresh the user’s Profile Data, you may only do so when the user is actually using your application and not on an automated schedule. You must use stored Profile Data solely for the benefit of the LinkedIn user that granted you permission to access it, for example, to evaluate that user for a position in your company. You must not monetize it, directly or indirectly. For example, you may not sell or otherwise provide access to an aggregated collection of profiles or the most relevant people for a position.

    5. Social Media Management: Company Profile and Statistics Data

      You may store company page status updates, analytics on company page status updates, company follower analytics data, and text content of comments on company status updates received via the Company Share API (“Company Profile and Statistics Data”) on behalf of your company. Company Profile and Statistics Data excludes any personal information tied to users who posted comments on any company page. You must not commingle the Company Profile and Statistics Data with any of your data or with data belonging to any third party.

      In addition, as long as you let your clients know that you are storing Company Profile Statistics Data for them, you may store Company Profile and Statistics Data for them. However, as soon as your client stops receiving LinkedIn Content through your Application, you must permanently delete the client’s Company Profile and Statistics Data in 10 days or less. Upon termination of these Terms for any reason, you must permanently delete all Company Profile and Statistics Data for all clients.

    6. Protection of Stored Data

      You must use commercially reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality of all stored data, which measures are at least as secure as those you use to protect your own confidential information. The stored data must not be transferred or provided to any third parties. LinkedIn may require that you certify that you have deleted stored data.

  3. Delete Content When Asked

    1. Delete at User Request

      You must delete all data collected with the user’s consent, including the Member Token and the OAuth Token, upon request by the user, when the user uninstalls your Application, or when the user closes his or her account with you. The restrictions of this Section 3.C.1 do not apply to data that users provide directly to you and that is separately entered or uploaded to you by the user of your Application. You must delete all Company Profile and Statistics Data collected with your client's consent within 10 days of receiving a request from your client.

    2. Delete for Breach

      You must immediately delete all data if we terminate your use of the APIs for breach of these Terms, except when doing so would cause you to violate any law or obligation imposed by a governmental authority.

  4. Don’t Harm or Trick Members

    1. Your Application must include your own user agreement and privacy policy. Your user agreement and privacy policy must be prominently identified or located where users download or access your Application. You must promptly notify us of any breaches of your user agreement or privacy policy that impact or may impact our members. Your privacy policy must be at least as stringent and user-friendly as LinkedIn’s.

      Before obtaining information from your users of the Application, you must obtain their informed consent by informing them what information you collect and how it will be used and/or shared.

      Your Application must not:

      • Implement features or business practices that harm the professional reputation, relationships, or professional ecosystem of LinkedIn members.
      • Impersonate a LinkedIn user or misrepresent any user or other third party when requesting or publishing information.
      • Obfuscate or hide any LinkedIn buttons, sign-in functionality, consent, or authorization flows from your users. In order to access member-specific Content through the APIs, your users must sign-in with their LinkedIn credentials and grant your Application access to their Content.
      • Proxy, request, or use LinkedIn user names or passwords in any fashion for any reason. We want our members to have safe and consistent experiences across all Applications.
  5. Be a Good Citizen to our Platform

    1. When you use the LinkedIn APIs, you share LinkedIn with your fellow LinkedIn members and developers. Write your Application as you’d want others to write theirs.

      • Only ask for the minimum data fields your Application needs.
      • Don’t try to exceed or circumvent your limitations on calls and use. This includes creating multiple Applications for identical, or largely similar, usage (e.g., having one Application per customer). If we believe that you have exceeded or circumvented our limitations, or if you have tried to, we may temporarily suspend or permanently block your access to the APIs, disable your developer account, or both.
      • Don’t download, scrape, post, or transmit, in any form or by any means, any part of our Website. This includes data retrieved by web browser plugins.
      • Don’t copy, reformat, reverse-engineer, or otherwise modify the APIs, Access Credentials, our Website or any Content.
      • Don’t interfere with or disrupt LinkedIn services or servers or networks connected to LinkedIn services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to LinkedIn services.
  6. Treat Our Brand With Respect

    1. Brand Features License

      Subject to these Terms, including the Branding Guidelines, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-sublicenseable, and non-transferable license during the Term to display our Brand Features to promote or advertise your integration of the APIs in your Application. “Brand Features” means any trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and domain names that LinkedIn makes available to you.

    2. Restrictions.

      You must not:

      1. Display our Brand Features in any way that is misleading, defamatory, infringing, libelous, disparaging, obscene, or otherwise objectionable to LinkedIn in its sole discretion, or in a way that suggests we have created, sponsored, or endorsed your Application or its content;
      2. Remove any legal, copyright, trademark, watermark or other proprietary rights notices contained in or on materials you receive or access pursuant to these Terms, including the APIs, the materials posted at the Developer Site, and our Website; or
      3. Use the APIs or Brand Features for any illegal, unauthorized or otherwise improper purposes, or in any manner that would violate these Terms (or any document incorporated into the Terms), or breach any laws or regulations, or violate any rights of third parties, or expose LinkedIn or its members to legal liability in your use of the APIs.
    3. Publicity by You

      Subject to our Branding Guidelines, you may promote your Application, including talking to traditional and online media and your users about your Application, so long as you do so truthfully and without implying that your Application is created or endorsed by LinkedIn (or otherwise embellishing your relationship with LinkedIn). However, you may not issue any formal press release via traditional or online media referring to LinkedIn without LinkedIn’s prior consent, unless expressly allowed in the Branding Guidelines.

    4. Publicity by Us

      We may publicly refer to you, orally or in writing, as a licensee of the LinkedIn APIs. We may also publish your name and logo (with or without a link to your Application) on our Website, in press releases, and in promotional materials without your prior consent.

  7. Follow The Law and These Terms

    You must comply with all applicable laws, including, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and applicable export laws, and these Terms, which may be amended from time to time with or without advance notice, in order to use the LinkedIn APIs. You and your Application must also comply with the following, which are hereby incorporated by reference:

    In the event of any conflict between the content in this document and the above documents, this document controls your use of the APIs. If you disagree with any of the provisions in these Terms, do not access or use the APIs.

    The most current version of these Terms can be reviewed on the Developer Site. By using the LinkedIn APIs after changes are made to the Terms, you agree to be bound by the most current version. If you disagree with the Terms, or changes to the Terms, you must discontinue your use of the APIs.

    If we have entered into a separate, written API License Agreement with you, the terms of that agreement will govern your use of those APIs.

4. Safety and Abuse

  1. Security Measures

    Your network, operating system and the software of your web servers, databases, and computer systems (collectively, “Systems”) must be properly configured to securely operate your Application. You must not architect or select Systems in a manner to avoid the foregoing obligation. You must promptly report any security deficiencies in or intrusions to your Systems that you discover to LinkedIn in writing via email to security@linkedin.com or subsequent contact information posted in the Developer Site. You will work with LinkedIn to immediately correct any security deficiency, and will disconnect immediately any intrusions or intruder. In the event of any security deficiency or intrusion involving the Application, you will make no public statements (e.g. press, blogs, social media, bulletin boards, etc.) without prior written and express permission from LinkedIn in each instance.

  2. Monitoring

    You agree to assist LinkedIn in verifying your compliance with these Terms by providing information about your Application to us, which may also include access to your Application and other materials related to your use of the APIs. If you do not demonstrate full compliance with these Terms, we may restrict or terminate your access to the APIs.

5. Rights We Reserve

  1. Support and Modifications

    We may provide you with support or modifications for the APIs in our sole discretion. We may stop providing support or modifications to you at any time without notice or liability to you. We may release subsequent versions of the APIs and require that you use those subsequent versions. Your continued use of the APIs following a subsequent release will be deemed your acceptance of modifications.

  2. Fees

    The APIs are currently provided for free, but LinkedIn reserves the right to charge for the APIs in the future. If we do charge a fee for use of the APIs or any developer tools and features, you do not have any obligation to continue to use LinkedIn’s developer resources.

  3. LinkedIn Independent Development

    You understand and acknowledge that LinkedIn may be independently creating applications, content, and other products or services that may be similar to or competitive with your Application. Nothing in these Terms will be construed as restricting or preventing LinkedIn from creating and fully exploiting any applications, content, and other items, without any obligation to you.

  4. Developer Exception to our Privacy Policy

    LinkedIn may reveal personal information about developers for attribution purposes, handling inquiries from users or potential users, and other purposes LinkedIn reasonably deems necessary under these Terms. You understand and agree that LinkedIn may access, preserve, and disclose your personal information and your developer account details if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights, property, or safety of LinkedIn, its affiliates or partners, its users, or the general public.

6. Ownership

  1. LinkedIn Property

    As between you and us, we own all rights, title, and interest, including all intellectual property rights, in and to, the (a) APIs, and all elements, components, and executables of the APIs; (b) the Content available through the APIs; (c) our Website; and (d) our Brand Features (clauses (a)-(d) collectively, the “LinkedIn Materials”). Except for the express licenses granted in these Terms, LinkedIn does not grant you any right, title, or interest in the LinkedIn Materials. You agree to take such actions, including executing affidavits or other documents, as LinkedIn may reasonably request to effect, perfect, or confirm LinkedIn’s rights to the LinkedIn Materials.

  2. Your Property

    1. Contributions to LinkedIn

      By submitting suggestions or other feedback regarding the LinkedIn Materials ("Contributions") in any way to LinkedIn, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) your Contributions do not contain confidential or proprietary information; (b) LinkedIn is not under any obligation of confidentiality, express or implied, with respect to the Contributions; (c) LinkedIn shall be entitled to use or disclose (or choose not to use or disclose) such Contributions for any purpose, in any way, in any media worldwide; (d) LinkedIn may have something similar to the Contributions already under consideration or in development; (e) you irrevocably non-exclusively license to LinkedIn rights to exploit your Contributions; and (f) you are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement of any kind from LinkedIn under any circumstances.

    2. Your Application

      You represent and warrant to LinkedIn that, excluding LinkedIn Materials, you have the right to use, reproduce, transmit, copy, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute your Application, and that use by LinkedIn and its users of your Application will not violate the rights of any third party (e.g., copyright, patent, trademark, or other proprietary right of any person or entity), or any applicable regulation or law, including the laws of any country in which your Application is made available. Except to the extent your Application contains LinkedIn Materials, LinkedIn claims no ownership or control over your Application. During the term of these Terms you hereby grant to us a paid-up, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable right and license, under all of your intellectual property rights, to: (a) use, perform, and display your Application and its content for purposes of marketing, demonstrating, and making your Application available to users; (b) link to and direct users to your Application; and (c) sublicense the foregoing rights to our affiliates. Following the termination of these Terms and upon written request from you, LinkedIn will make commercially reasonable efforts, as determined in its sole discretion, to remove all references and links to your Application from the Website and service. LinkedIn has no other obligation to delete copies of, references to, or links to your Application.

7. Term and Termination

  1. Term

    The term of these Terms will commence on the date upon which you agree to these Terms and will continue until: you discontinue using our APIs, you close your Developer Account, or we terminate your access to the APIs, these Terms, or both.

    1. Suspension; Termination

      We may suspend or terminate your use of all or any of the APIs at any time if we believe you have violated these Terms or, if we believe the availability of the APIs in your Application is not in our or our members’ best interests. We may discontinue the availability of some or all of the APIs at any time for any reason. We may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to some or all of the APIs or our Website. All of our rights in these Terms may be exercised without prior notice or liability to you.

    2. Effect of Termination

      Upon termination of the agreement between you and us under these Terms:

      1. all rights and licenses granted to you will terminate immediately;
      2. you will promptly destroy LinkedIn confidential information in your possession or control;
      3. neither party is liable to the other party just because these Terms have been terminated; and
      4. unless we agree otherwise in writing or as stated in these Terms, you must permanently delete all Content or other data which you stored pursuant to your use of the APIs. LinkedIn may request that you certify in writing your compliance with this section.
    3. Survival

      The terms of this Agreement shall survive any termination, except Section 2 (“Joining our Self-Service Program”), subsections 2-5 of Section 3.B. (“Store Content Only as Allowed”), subsections 1, 2, and 4 of Section 3.F. (“Treat Our Brand With Respect”) and Section 4.A. (“Security Measures”).

8. Disclaimer

SOME COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED TERMS IN CONTRACTS WITH CONSUMERS AND AS A RESULT THE CONTENTS OF THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. DO NOT RELY ON LINKEDIN OR ITS SUPPLIERS, ANY INFORMATION THEREIN, OR ITS CONTINUATION. WE PROVIDE THE PLATFORM FOR LINKEDIN AND ALL INFORMATION AND SERVICES ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. LINKEDIN DOES NOT CONTROL OR VET USER-GENERATED CONTENT FOR ACCURACY. WE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, LINKEDIN AND ITS SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, ACCURACY OF DATA, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. LINKEDIN DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE LINKEDIN APIS OR OTHER DEVELOPER RESOURCES IT PROVIDES WILL FUNCTION WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR ERRORS IN FUNCTIONING. IN PARTICULAR, THE OPERATION OF THE LINKEDIN APIS MAY BE INTERRUPTED DUE TO MAINTENANCE, UPDATES, OR SYSTEM OR NETWORK FAILURES. LINKEDIN DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY ANY SUCH INTERRUPTION OR ERRORS IN FUNCTIONING. FURTHERMORE, LINKEDIN DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY MALFUNCTIONING, IMPOSSIBILITY OF ACCESS, OR POOR USE CONDITIONS OF THE LINKEDIN APIS DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT, DISTURBANCES RELATED TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS, TO THE SATURATION OF THE INTERNET NETWORK, AND FOR ANY OTHER REASON.

9. Limitation of Liability

SOME COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY IN CONTRACTS WITH CONSUMERS AND AS A RESULT THE CONTENTS OF THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. Neither LinkedIn nor any of our subsidiaries, affiliated companies, suppliers, employees, shareholders, or directors (“LinkedIn Affiliates”) shall be cumulatively liable for any special, incidental, indirect, punitive or consequential damages or loss of use, profit, revenue or data to you or any third person arising from your use of LinkedIn materials accessed through or downloaded from LinkedIn. This limitation of liability shall:

  • Apply regardless of whether (1) you base your claim on contract, tort, statute or any other legal theory, (2) we knew or should have known about the possibility of such damages, or (3) the limited remedies provided in this section fail of their essential purpose; and
  • Not apply to any damage that LinkedIn may cause you intentionally or knowingly in violation of these Terms or applicable law, or as otherwise mandated by applicable law that cannot be disclaimed in these Terms.
  • Not apply if you have entered into a separate agreement to license a LinkedIn API(s) with a separate Limitation of Liability provision that supersedes this section in relation to that particular LinkedIn API(s).

10. Dispute Resolution

  1. Law and Forum for Legal Disputes

    These Terms and any claim, cause of action or dispute (“claim”) arising out of or related to these Terms shall be governed by the laws of the state of California, United States, regardless of your country of origin or where you access LinkedIn, and notwithstanding of any conflicts of law principles and the United Nations Convention for the International Sale of Goods. You and LinkedIn agree that all claims arising out of or related to these Terms must be resolved exclusively by a state or federal court located in Santa Clara County, California, except as otherwise agreed by the parties or as described in the Arbitration Option paragraph below. You and LinkedIn agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Santa Clara County, California for the purpose of litigating all such claims. Notwithstanding the above, you agree that LinkedIn shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.

  2. Arbitration Option

    For any claim (excluding claims for injunctive or other equitable relief) where the total amount of the award sought is less than $10,000, the party requesting relief may elect to resolve the dispute in a cost effective manner through binding non-appearance-based arbitration. In the event a party elects arbitration, they shall initiate such arbitration through an established alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) provider mutually agreed upon by the parties. The ADR provider and the parties must comply with the following rules: (a) the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or be solely based on written submissions, the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration; (b) the arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties; and (c) any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator shall be final and may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

11. General Terms

Here are some important details about how to read these Terms.

  1. Severability

    If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction or arbitrator to be illegal, void, or unenforceable, the unenforceable provision will be modified so as to render it enforceable and effective to the maximum extent possible in order to effect the intention of the provision; if a court or arbitrator finds the modified provision invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of these Terms will not be affected in any way.

  2. Language

    Where LinkedIn has provided you with a translation of the English language version of these Terms, the Privacy Policy, or any other documentation, you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of these Terms, the Privacy Policy, and any other documentation, including additional terms of service for Premium Services, will govern your relationship with LinkedIn.

  3. Notices and Service of Process

    In addition to Section 11.C. (“Notices and Service Messages”), we may notify you via postings on Developer Site. You may contact us here. Or via mail or courier at: LinkedIn Corporation ATTN: Legal Department 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043 USA.  Additionally, LinkedIn accepts service of process at this address. Any notices that you provide without compliance with this section shall have no legal effect.

  4. Entire Agreement

    You agree that these Terms constitutes the entire, complete and exclusive agreement between you and LinkedIn regarding the LinkedIn APIs and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether written or oral, or whether established by custom, practice, policy or precedent, with respect to the subject matter of these Terms. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase or use certain other LinkedIn services, third-party content or third party software.

  5. Amendments to these Terms

    We reserve the right to modify, supplement, or replace the terms of these Terms, effective prospectively upon posting on the Developer Site or notifying you otherwise. For example, we may present a banner on the Developer Site when we have amended these Terms so that you may access and review the changes prior to your continued use of the LinkedIn APIs and developer platform. If you do not want to agree to changes to these Terms, you can terminate these Terms at any time by ceasing use of the APIs and/or closing your Developer Account.

  6. No informal waivers, agreements or representations

    Our failure to act with respect to a breach of these Terms by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to that breach or subsequent similar or other breaches. Except as expressly and specifically contemplated by these Terms, no representations, statements, consents, waivers or other acts or omissions by any LinkedIn affiliate shall be deemed legally binding on any LinkedIn Affiliate, unless documented in a physical writing hand signed by a duly appointed officer of LinkedIn.

  7. No Injunctive Relief

    In no event shall you seek or be entitled to rescission, injunctive or other equitable relief, or to enjoin or restrain the operation of the LinkedIn developer platform or any APIs, content or other material used or displayed through the LinkedIn developer platform.

  8. Beneficiaries

    Entities other than LinkedIn Corporation and LinkedIn Ireland, Limited, that LinkedIn Corporation owns a 50% or greater interest in (“Affiliate”) are not parties, but intended third party beneficiaries of these Terms, with a right to enforce these Terms directly against you.

  9. Assignment and Delegation

    You may not assign or delegate any rights or obligations under these Terms. Any purported assignment and delegation shall be ineffective. We may freely assign or delegate all rights and obligations under these Terms, fully or partially without notice to you. We may also substitute, by way of unilateral novation, effective upon notice to you, LinkedIn Corporation for any third party that assumes our rights and obligations under these Terms.

  10. Potential Other Rights and Obligations

    You may have rights or obligations under local law other than those enumerated here if you are located outside the United States.

How To Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about these LinkedIn API Terms of Use, please contact us online or by physical mail at:

LinkedIn Corporation
Attn: API Terms of Use Issues
2029 Stierlin Court
Mountain View, CA 94043
USA

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