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All computer programs are not just copyrightable, they are protected by copyright as soon as they are put into fixed form (for example, as soon as I type it on my computer which will save it as a file on a disk). The copyright owner doesn't have to take any actions whatsoever to have a computer program protected by copyright. It’s not just computer programs, ...


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Except for limited circumstances, all computer programs are protected by copyright (an exception would be a program created by the US government). Therefore, to overcome copyright protection, the creator must grant a license to others to use and redistribute software with some specified degree of freedom. This is what gave rise to the myriad open source ...


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Yes, you are then an online bank. This is an issue that computer games have had to figure out, when it was possible to move money both ways, cash to game gold and game gold to cash. (think Diablo's Real Money Auction House). If you allow people to store cash value in the game, and then take the cash value back out, then you are banking. Even though it'...


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In addition to the copyright itself as answered in the other answers, it is worth noting that while the code itself falls under copyright, WHAT the program does is usually not part of the copyright. Thus if you have implemented a program A to read data from an image and search for specific patterns in it your program itself is protected. BUT if someone ...


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Risk Assuming there the post has or, more likely, has the potential to become a legal liability then not having it featured reduces the risk of that occurring or the consequences if it does because fewer people see it. For example, assume that a hypothetical post potentially exposes SE to a defamation suit. Reducing the number of people who see the post ...


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What you are essentially suggesting is very very similar to how an existing service operates - PayPal. In the US, PayPal is not regulated as a bank at the Federal level, but it is regulated by several financial service related laws and statutes, including consumer protections and the US PATRIOT Act. Different states also hold different regulatory opinions ...


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At first blush: legal for you to write it, not legal for them to use it. Your software is applicable to any poker game. They are using it where it is not allowed. However, things get ugly if you are targeting this for online poker rooms which generally outlaw it; e.g. If you add any code designed to harvest data from a website which has prohibited it. ...


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As another page in your link says, it depends: Is zero-rating allowed under the Regulation? It depends. There are different types of zero-rating practices, some of which are more problematic than others. BEREC’s Guidelines look at different examples and provide guidance on the extent to which they could be considered permissible under the Regulation. ...


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Yes, the project you describe is lawful. Consider the scenario of asking a person to search for certain keywords on some website(s) and recite to you the results of that search. The difference between that mechanism and your project is that your project would use a program instead of a person to perform the task. From a legal standpoint, there is no reason ...


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If I wanted to, I could within an hour register a company named "Doctora" in Sydney, Australia, under my name. Except there may be problems because the name is too similar to DOCTOR A. KIRIAKOVA PTY LTD and THE CHAIR DOCTOR W.A. PTY LTD. So question 2: "What precautions do I need to take", one is not to tell the world the planned company name. Another is ...


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It depends on what you mean by "computer program". If you're referring to the algorithm that the computer operates, no, you can't copyright it, because it's a process or a system of rules, and those can't be copyrighted. However, if you're talking about the specific expression of an implementation of that process, then that can be copyrighted. So, for ...


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Yes, it's illegal Taking deposits (other than deposits as advance payments for goods or services) is one of the fundamentals of being a bank (or other financial institution) and these are universally regulated. For example, these are the guidelines for australia.


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It’s not about keeping under 18s out, it is about meeting legal requirements. If a 17 year old clicks on “yes, I’m 18” then the website can say “we assumed that everyone would tell the truth. You can’t hold us responsible for this person lying”. I don’t know how well that excuse holds, but it’s better than nothing. In a case like this, the lawmakers can ...


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Contrary to the other answers, Googles Terms of Use state: Don’t misuse our Services. For example, don’t interfere with our Services or try to access them using a method other than the interface and the instructions that we provide. https://policies.google.com/terms?hl=en Google withdrew the Flights API in April 2018, leaving the website as the only ...


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