Your question appears to be off-topic because it appears to be about software licensing, which isn't a programming problem. (See update at the bottom).
From the FAQ:
We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers …
- a specific programming problem
- a software algorithm
- software tools commonly used by programmers
- practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession
then you’re in the right place to ask your question!
This seems more like a functionality question than an actual programming problem.
However, I looked through the Programmers SE FAQ to see if maybe your question could be asked there:
Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. If you have a question about...
- algorithm and data structure concepts
- design patterns
- developer testing
- development methodologies
- freelancing and business concerns
- quality assurance
- software architecture
- software engineering
- software licensing
While the FAQ isn't 100% clear on whether your question would be on-topic there, I believe it has a better chance of being accepted since Programmers SE generally accepts questions that are on the softer side of the development of software.
It may be helpful to ask in their chat room to see if maybe your question could be migrated. (I did drop them a line and ask them to take a look). Hope this helps!
UPDATE: On second glance, your question could fall under the blanket of being a software algorithm problem, which would be on-topic. This could of course be debatable depending on the exact definition and interpretation of the word "algorithm". I'll look at the faq more and see if there is a way to perhaps edit and improve whatever the moderator felt was wrong with your post. I encourage others to do the same.
What piracy or other risks would this policy present?
I believe it's this part of your question that may make it off-topic for Stack Overflow. Perhaps this can be reworded somehow?
From Wikipedia on the definition of "Algorithm":
In computer systems, an algorithm is basically an instance of logic written in software by software developers to be effective for the intended "target" computer(s), in order for the target machines to produce output from given input (perhaps null).
I feel like, based on the fact that what you described in your question are steps that a software program take, which is essentially a description of an algorithm, there is a very strong argument for your question being on-topic. My vote is to reopen this question.