[Rd] R datasets ownership(copyright) and license

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Wed Apr 4 00:36:30 CEST 2012

> I would expect such rationality (factual data not being copyrightable) in
> the US, Canada, Europe and Australasia, so they're not likely an issue.  And
> I doubt any such country would try to impose their laws on someone living
> and working elsewhere.  In many parts of Asia, where I have lived and worked
> at least, copyright violation is rampant, and the perpetrators face no real
> consequences; at least none I could see.

My understanding is that rationality is not the case in Europe - see
e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_Directive.


Assistant Professor / Dobelman Family Junior Chair
Department of Statistics / Rice University

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