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A Contractually Reconstructed Research Commons for Scientific Data in a Highly Protectionist Intellectual Property Environment

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A Contractually Reconstructed Research Commons for Scientific Data in a Highly Protectionist Intellectual Property Environment REICHMANUHLIR_FMT(3).DOC 03/20/03 3:43 PM A CONTRACTUALLY RECONSTRUCTED RESEARCH COMMONS FOR SCIENTIFIC DATA IN A HIGHLY PROTECTIONIST INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENVIRONMENT J. H. REICHMAN* AND PAUL F. UHLIR** TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................317 A. Countervailing Trends Affecting the Production, Distribution, and Use of Scientific Data.....................................................................319 B. Formal and Informal Data Exchanges ...................................................322 C. The Sharing Ethos Under Stress.............................................................323 D. Scope and Structure of this Article ........................................................324 II. RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN A DIGITALLY NETWORKED ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTED BY A ROBUST PUBLIC DOMAIN.................325 A. Government-Generated Data: A Birthright of the Public Domain....................................................................................................326 1. The Non-Proprietary Principle .......................................................326 2. Limiting Factors................................................................................329 Copyright © 2003 by J.H. Reichman and Paul F. Uhlir This article is also available at http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/66LCPReichman. * J. H. Reichman is Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law, Duke University. ** Paul F. Uhlir is Director of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs at the National Academies. The opinions expressed in this article are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the National Academies. The authors gratefully acknowledge partial support for their work on this article from the Center for the Public Domain, under Grant No. OPVT-4676, and the J

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