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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

An Open Source Model To License Data and Information

Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School, has published Transparent and Commercialized?: Managing the Public-Private Model for Data Production and Use as University of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1155. Here is the abstract.
This Article examines the relationship between two trends: the move towards transparency in government data and information and the increasing commercialization of data through social network and other sites. The author presents a normative framework for reconciling these two trends, analyzes the legal implications of this normative framework, and examines three case studies: the private use of government real estate assessment records, the creation of websites like, and governmental protection of databases. The Article concludes with a proposal for an open source licensing model for data and information.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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