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Suppose, for example MS Excel has an API so that other programs can communicate with it. Suppose I'm the developer of OpenOffice Calc, and I figure out how my phone communicateswant other programs to be able to communicate with the Nest thermostatmy program in like manner. That isSo, I figure out what messages it sendsfor example, let's say Excel's API has a function called "run" and what messages the thermostat sendstakes a formula as an argument. Without Google/Nest's permission,Calc's API would then createalso have a program for another thermostatfunction called "run", and this program communicates with my phone using similar messageswhich takes a function as an argument. Is that legal?

Suppose, for example, I figure out how my phone communicates with the Nest thermostat. That is, I figure out what messages it sends and what messages the thermostat sends. Without Google/Nest's permission, then create a program for another thermostat, and this program communicates with my phone using similar messages. Is that legal?

Suppose MS Excel has an API so that other programs can communicate with it. Suppose I'm the developer of OpenOffice Calc, and I want other programs to be able to communicate with my program in like manner. So, for example, let's say Excel's API has a function called "run" and takes a formula as an argument. Calc's API would then also have a function called "run", which takes a function as an argument. Is that legal?

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Suppose, for example, I figure out how my phone communicates with the Nest thermostat. That is, I figure out what messages it sends and what messages the thermostat sends. Without Google/Nest's permission, then create a program for another thermostat, and this program communicates with my phone using similar messages and protocols. Is that legal?

Suppose, for example, I figure out how my phone communicates with the Nest thermostat. That is, I figure out what messages it sends and what messages the thermostat sends. Without Google/Nest's permission, then create a program for another thermostat, and this program communicates with my phone using similar messages and protocols. Is that legal?

Suppose, for example, I figure out how my phone communicates with the Nest thermostat. That is, I figure out what messages it sends and what messages the thermostat sends. Without Google/Nest's permission, then create a program for another thermostat, and this program communicates with my phone using similar messages. Is that legal?

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