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

From: Spencer Graves <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:20:59 -0700

On 4/5/2012 6:08 AM, Hadley Wickham wrote:
>> And you need not look so far afield for that particular lack of rationality. In the US, databases are covered by the Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act of 2003 ( which says almost exactly the same thing; that a database that took a lot of time and effort to collate is protected against reproduction 'in commerce' without authorisation.
> That bill died:

       After having expressed how copyright law is out of control (and further efforts to strengthen enforcement were being sold by the Motion Picture Association of America to the US and other governments on the grounds that it would make it easier for tyrants to stifle dissent;, now let me strengthen my support for Hadley's position:

       I think we should vigorously claim "fair use" wherever plausible ( with a contingency plan to sabotage CRAN (including all mirrors) once per week if we are challenged. This is crudely analogous to what happened when the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) sued "the Girl Scouts for failing to pay for the songs that girls sang around Girl Scout campfires." ( <>) If this happens, we should also appeal for help from the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, the American Library Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and others, who are working to challenge the industry's abuse of power. In 2006, Stanford initiated a "Fair Use" project to fight this abuse of power, and other initiatives are on-going, as documented in the Wikipedia "Fair Use" article. The major media conglomerates in the US and internationally (ABC-Disney, CBS-Westinghouse, NBC-GE, CNN-TimeWarner, Fox-NewsCorp / Rupert Murdoch) have distorted the political process in the US, Great Britain and elsewhere to favor them and the major international corporate advertisers. (See also my article on "Gateway Problems in US Politics & Economics" at "".)


> Hadley

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