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Decision clarifies the limits of copyright protection for data

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:49 AM | By Graham Honsa

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” That is the title of a May 2016 article in The Economist. Data is valuable. But who, if anyone, can own, control and distribute data? Data, like other valuable resources, attracts disputes over ownership and control. Still, the legal basis for ownership of data is not well understood.

Claims to data ownership are often based in copyright, even though “there can be no copyright in information.” (Nautical Data International, Inc. v. C-Map USA Inc. 2013...