Re: [Rd] R datasets ownership(copyright) and license

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:22:11 -0700

On 4/3/2012 2:00 PM, Hadley Wickham wrote:
>> 2. we considered all datasets factual data thus not copyrightable (in
>> USA? around the globe?)
> This is definitely true in the US, but not true globally. I have no
> idea under which jurisdiction a lawsuit would apply.

       I'd be careful with the word "definitely". The major media conglomerates and their industry associations have successfully destroyed competition to their hegemony in many areas. For example, they sued college students for close to $100 billion, because their improvements of search engines made it easier for people in a university intranet to find copyrighted music placed by others in their "public" folder. They successfully sued lawyers who advised MP3 that they had reasonable grounds to believe what they did would be legal and Venture Capitalists who funded Napster. In each case, they won not on the law but on the fact that they had larger budgets for lawyers. See Lessig (2004) Free Culture [book available from Amazon and also for free under the Creative Commons license; see Wikipedia, "Free Culture (book), " <>"].

       Spencer Graves
> Hadley

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