Re: [R] [OT] Is data copyrightable?

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 22:11:07 +0200

hadley wickham wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> This is a little bit off-topic, but I was wondering if anyone has any
> informed opinion on whether data (ie. a dataset) is copyrightable?
>
> Hadley
>
In general not, I believe. E.g., I didn't have to ask formal permission to use data from Altman's book in mine (and I did check with my publisher). I suspect that things can get murkier than that though; I seem to recall stories of plagiarism cases in relation to collections of mathematical tables. Beware also that there can be other legal complications, including rights to first publication of new results, which usually implies that you cannot publish entire datasets until their publication potential has been exhausted. And of course, proper attribution is required for reasons of scientific integrity and general courtesy. (Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer, esp. not a US one...)



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