[Rd] R datasets ownership(copyright) and license

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Wed Apr 4 00:37:40 CEST 2012

> I somewhat agree with Spencer -- as I have mentioned, the recent precedence
> with tz database shows that such claims would not be taken as ungrounded right
> away and things could easily go all the way to court -- and that might be a
> really costly endeavor regardless who is right or wrong.  Proving that
> data is factual, and not fictional/creative/original might be another challenge
> in quite a few cases I bet.

I think it's generally easy to tell if something is a fact or not, and
I doubt any of the datasets in R are fictional.


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Department of Statistics / Rice University

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