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Old November 23, 2011, 02:03 PM
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Default General software question about copyright

No I'm not asking about pirating software, I actually have a legitimate question.

Say you are making a program or whatever, if you want to be able to extract information from a file format that is produced by another company and use it to build data into yours, how does that work?

Let's say for example I need to pull Excel data for the purposes of building a database within the program. I also want the end user to be able to do this in the event they want to stop using Excel and import this data to their customer database or whatever.

Are you liable to be sued, or is it fair game because you are just importing data, or do you have to pay licensing fees to the company of that file format?

I have no idea about this, and was actually quite curious.

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